Barnsley Council is pleased with the local findings from the Government's National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England, which shows that levels of childhood obesity and excess weight have decreased in the borough.
The (NCMP) measures the height and weight of over one million children in England annually and provides data on the number of children in reception and Year 6 who are underweight, healthy weight, overweight or obese.
Every year, Barnsley children in Reception (aged four to five years) and Year 6 (aged 10-11 years) have their height and weight measured by the public health nursing team. In 2016/17 - 97.8 per cent of reception and 96.6 per cent of Year 6 pupils took part in the programme.
Overall, figures show that the proportion of Barnsley children in both reception (81%) and Year 6 (66.per cent) who are a healthy weight is significantly higher than regional and national averages.
The proportion of reception (16.8 per cent) and Year 6 (31.2 percent) children in Barnsley who are an excess weight is significantly lower than regional and national averages.
It is important to note that the proportion of underweight Barnsley children in reception (2.2 per cent) and Year 6 (2.3 per cent) is significantly higher than the regional and national averages.
Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “This is encouraging news for the whole borough. This is an important priority for Barnsley Council and work is ongoing with our partners to ensure all our children are a healthy weight.”