This page includes data and a summary of child weight statistics.
Data included: England, South East, Surrey, Surrey LAs, Surrey Wards.
Latest data included:
- England, South East, Surrey, Surrey LAs: 2020/21*
- Surrey Wards: 2010/11-2013/13 to 2015/16-2017/18*
*Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Child Measurement Programme undertook samples for 2019/20 and 2020/21 and so these statistics cannot be broken down by local authority as they would be unreliable.
This report presents findings from the Government's National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England, 2016-17 school year for children in Reception (aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) in state schools.
The latest estimates for child weight for Surrey are from 2019/20 due to the way the National Child Measurement Program was conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 18 per cent of Surrey children in Reception year (aged 4/5) and 28 per cent of children in Year 6 (aged 10/11) are not of a healthy weight. Surrey has a higher proportion of children who are a healthy weight at both ages compared to the England and South East averages. Although more Surrey children are of a healthy weight, 16 per cent of Surrey children in Reception year and 26 per cent in Year 6 are overweight (including obese).
The most recent estimates of child weight by local authority are from 2018/2019 and are discussed below.
Every local authority within Surrey has a lower prevalence of overweight children (including obese) in Reception year than the South East and England averages. Spelthorne and Woking have the highest prevalence of overweight children in Reception year with every two in ten children being considered overweight (20%). Epsom and Ewell has the lowest prevalence of overweight children with 14 per cent.
The percentage of children in Reception year who are overweight (including obese), 2018/2019
Children in Year 6 are less likely to be of a healthy weight than children in Reception year in Surrey and across England.
More than one in ten Surrey children in Year 6 are considered obese (14%). Just over one in every hundred Surrey children in Year 6 are considered underweight (1%).
Every local authority in Surrey has lower proportions of Year 6 children who are considered overweight (including obese) than the England average. However, Spelthorne has a slightly higher proportion at 31 per cent than the South East average (30%).
The percentage of children in Year 6 who are overweight (including obese), 2018/2019
Local Authority - https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/publications/statistical/national-child-measurement-programme
Ward - https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/child-obesity-and-excess-weight-small-area-level-data