Childhood Obesity: Trends

National data show that between 1995 – 2004 the proportion of children who were obese increased markedly in both boys and girls aged 2-15 years. During this time the prevalence of overweight children remained largely unchanged. Since 2005 the trend in obesity appears to be flattening but future data is required to determine if this is a continuing change or whether the longer term trend is a gradual increase.

Overweight and obesity prevalence of children aged 2-15, 1995-2008 by age and sex (3 year moving averages)

Source: Health Survey for England 2008

Lewisham has insufficient data to determine trends in childhood obesity. Data is available from the NCMP for two consecutive years to perform comparative analysis between 2007/08 and 2008/09. The changes in percentages of overweight and obese children were not statistically significant in either year.

Comparison of NCMP results for 2007/08 and 2008/09 - Reception year

Comparison of NCMP results for 2007/08 and 2008/09 - Year 6




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