Weight, Food and Nutrition

Overweight and obesity
The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of children in reception class (aged 4 to 5) and year 6 (aged 10 to 11), to assess overweight and obesity levels in children within primary schools. The latest NCMP briefing for Oldham can be found here.

PHE publishes NCMP profiles which can be accessed here.

The ward maps below show the proportion of reception and year 6 children who are overweight or obese. The locations of takeaways are also displayed.

Reception Overweight and Obese by ward with takeaway locations   Year 6 Overweight and Obese by ward with takeaway locations

Recent trends in overweight and obesity are shown in the graphs below.

NCMP Reception 1718

NCMP Year 6 1718

Active Lives Children and Young People
The Active Lives Children and Young People: Attitudes towards sport and physical activity report was published in March 2019. It focuses on the relationship between attitudes, activity levels, mental wellbeing, resilience and social trust.

In summary, the report presents the following key findings:

 1. Physically literate children and young people are more likely to be active – Physical literacy has five elements – enjoyment, confidence, competence, understanding and knowledge.  The more elements present the more active a child or young person is.

 2.Enjoyment is the biggest driver of activity – While all of the reported attitudes make a difference, enjoying sport and physical activity makes the biggest difference.

3.Physically literate children and young people are happier, more resilient and more trusting of other children and young people – The more the five elements of physical literacy are present the higher the levels of happiness, resilience and trust.

 4.Physical literacy declines with age – As children and young people grow older, they report lower levels of enjoyment, confidence, competence and understanding.

 5.There are important inequalities that must be tackled – Girls and those from less affluent families are less likely to enjoy being active.

To access the full report please click here.

Food poverty and holiday hunger
Between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018, 7435 three day emergency food supplies were provided to local people in crisis by Oldham Foodbank, compared to 5867 in the previous year. Of this number, 2547 went to children. More information about Oldham Foodbank can be found here.

During the school holidays in summer 2018, a pilot project was launched to reduce the impact of ‘holiday hunger’ among Oldham’s children and young people. The pilot was funded by the Growing Oldham: Feeding Ambition Partnership and the Oldham Education Partnership. More information about the project can be found here.