Primary 1 and Year 8 Obesity

Proportion of primary 1 and year 8 pupils classified as obese according to Body Mass Index (BMI) measurement. Information collected and reported on an annual basis.

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Creation Date February 22, 2017, 11:04 (UTC)
Topic Category Health

Height and weight information is extracted from the Child Health System (CHS) and converted into a Body Mass Index (BMI) score for each pupil. The BMI is categorised using International Growth Charts which consider age and gender, allowing the identification of those who are obese. Records are analysed based on criteria: Date of exam within the primary 1 or year 8 school year (01/09/YY - 31/08/YY) and date of birth for primary 1 or year 8 pupils: 02/07/YY - 01/07/YY.

Frequency of Update Annually
Contact Name Adam Robinson
Contact Email
Additional Information

Further information, analysis and statistics on primary 1 and year 8 BMI is available within the regional and sub-regional Northern Ireland Health & Social Care Inequalities Monitoring Reports published on the Department of Health website at:

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