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School Height And Weight Checks

Frequently Asked Questions

We know that parents and carers often have thoughts and questions after receiving their child's height and weight results. Below you will find some answers to frequently asked questions.

How Does NCMP Work?

The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) uses an age and gender specific centile for Body Mass Index (BMI). This is not the same as the BMI used for adults. The BMI Centile chart looks the same as the growth charts from your child’s ‘Red Book’. Children’s BMI centiles take into account that children and young people are still growing. It also allows for the differences in growth patterns between boys and girls.

The NCMP results place each child in one of 4 categories  - underweight, healthy weight, overweight, very overweight. Things like fitness, ethnic origin and puberty can make small differences to ‘body fatness’. Experts agree that measuring BMI (taking into account age and gender) is the most reliable way of measuring children and checking if their growth is in the healthy range.

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Who can help?

If you are concerned about your child’s weight or eating habits and feel you need support, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below.

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