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Changes in children’s body mass index between 2006/7 and 2014/15

Authors/ source/ publisher
Public Health England
Date added to library 18 October 2016
Year published
This report by Public Health England (PHE), is the sixth in a series of annual reports which use National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data to examine changes in children’s body mass index (BMI) that have taken place since 2006/7. It explores trends in obesity, overweight, excess weight and underweight prevalence, as well as changes in mean BMI over time. Trends within different socioeconomic and ethnic groups are also examined to determine whether existing health inequalities are widening or becoming smaller. 
Obesity prevalence shows a downward trend in Reception boys and girls. The trends in obesity in Year 6 boys and girls continue to show year-on-year increases but the rates of increase are slowing. In both Reception and Year 6 inequalities in obesity are widening between the most deprived and least deprived children and also between white British and most other ethnic groups.