Unhealthy weight at pre-school age
In 2019/2020, 23% of reception-aged children in England were found to be living with overweight or obesity. The fact that 1 in 5 children in England start school with overweight or obesity (and a further 1% of children start school with underweight) suggests weight issues often begin in the pre-school years.
The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) collects weight and height data from children in England at reception age (5-6 years) and in their last year of primary school (10-11 years). The NCMP data for the 2019/2020 school year showed that at reception age the prevalence of obesity, overweight and underweight was higher in boys than girls.
The latest NCMP findings can be found on the NHS Digital website.