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Northamptonshire Analysis
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Childhood Obesity Data

08 November 2018

The Childhood Obesity dataview has now been updated with prevalence figures at District level and above for the Academic Year 2017-18.

Across Northamptonshire, 8.7% of Reception Year children were deemed to be obese or severely obese at the time of the 2017-18 measurement, below the England average of 9.5%.   The proportion has been reasonably consistent over the last six years (between 8.6% and 8.8%).   Amongst the county's boroughs and districts Reception Year obesity prevalence 2017-18 ranges between 6.4% in South Northamptonshire and 10.4% in Wellingborough where this is the third annual increase in a row.   Corby with 8.5% reception year obesity in 2017-18 logs its lowest rate in eight years.

Amongst Year 6 pupils, the combined obese and severely obese prevalence is 17.0%, again below the England average (20.1%).   Again there is a spread of results across the county. For this age band Corby shows the worst results with 21.1% obesity (but down on last year) while Wellingborough logs its lowest result of eight years with 16.4%.

According to the 2017-18 national spreadsheet, 168 Reception pupils across Northamptonshire area deemed to be severely obese, along with 192 from Year 6.   The spreadsheet also tells us that childhood obesity increases in line deprivation (decile of home address) and that in both age groups black children have a higher obesity rate than other ethnic groups.

Additionally, please see the national spreadsheet for confidence intervals.

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