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Northamptonshire Analysis
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Childhood Obesity

14 December 2017

I'm a bit late on this one as the figures were released earlier than they were last year, but the 2016-17 Childhood Obesity dataset for district and above is now available on Northamptonshire Analysis.   As you might expect, you can find this within the Childhood Obesity dataview available within the Children & Young People theme under the Children's Health sub-theme. This data comes from the National Child Measurement programme undertaken annually in schools.

Also available within the dataview is data at MSOA small area geography but this covers a rolling three year period.

In 2016-17, the percentage of Reception age children in Northamptonshire who were obese remained the same as the previous year at 8.8%. This was below the England average of 9.6% which interestingly was the highest figure over the last seven years.   However, the county figure masked wide differences across the county's boroughs and districts.   In 2016-17, the highest proportion of obese reception aged children was found in Kettering at 11.0% (the borough's highest figure over the last seven years).   Also logging over 10% obese were Corby and Wellingborough (but these boroughs have had higher percentages in previous years).   At the other end of the spectrum, was South Northamptonshire with a obesity percentage in the reception year of 5.6%

In 2016-17, the percentage of year six children across Northamptonshire who were obese was 19.4%, an increasing figure but still below the rising national average.   Again the spread amongst the boroughs and districts was quite wide, this time with the peak in Corby (23.2%,) and the low in South Northamptonshire (13.1%).   In 2016-17, Corby, Daventry, Northampton and Wellingborough all showed their highest proportion of year 6 obese children logged over the last seven years.

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