10-11 year old children with a healthy weight

The National Child Measurement Programme data provide a proxy for population prevalence of healthy weight, overweight and obese in two school year groups and are refreshed annually.
The national Child obesity action plan was published in August 2016. It identifies 14 actions for national or local progression. It places a lot of emphasis on the role of schools to promote physical activity and healthy eating.
We aim to remain in the top quartile of all local authorities nationally to 2022.

March 2020 performance

The first meeting of the healthy weight steering group took place as planned, was well attended and agreed a number of areas for the group to focus on in relation to childhood obesity. Work commenced to establish task and finish groups to look at taking each of these areas forward, however all strategy development work in public health has now been put on hold due to COVID 19.
In addition, the government has also halted the National Child Measurement Programme due to the pandemic and it is unclear if this will restart. This means that a) only partial data will be submitted for this year, as only a small percentage of those in reception had been weighed and measured before the programme was halted (although over 90% of year 6 pupils will have data.)
Work is ongoing across the country to promote activities in the home etc however it would seem likely that the lockdown would increase the number of children who are overweight or obese given the restrictions placed on leaving the house. At an appropriate time, work on the obesity strategy will restart and it is hoped by reinvigorated by current circumstances.
For 2020-21 we aim to achieve a milestone target of 67%
This compares to the SE average of 68.9% and the England average of 64.3%. 


Both the October Health and Wellbeing Board and the October meeting of the Chief Executive Officers of District and Borough Councils  have now signed off on the need for a new multiagency group to drive the children’s obesity agenda. 
We provide leadership to a county wide healthy weight network with representatives from many organisations regularly attending. The network acts as a support for key local partner organisations delivering the actions in the West Sussex Healthy weight operational plan. Both prevention and management of overweight and obese for all age groups fall within scope for the network. The network oversees and maintains pathways (across a number of separate commissioning and provider organisations) to improve how effectively they meet the needs of families, children and young people. This includes training frontline staff to identify individuals in need of additional support and referral.


West Sussex Public Health and County Catering won an award for their poster presented the national Public Health England Conference in Warwick early September for their work on reducing sugar in school meals. To date the equivalent weight of three London double decker buses of sugar has been removed from West Sussex primary school meals in the last 20 months. This work is continuing with Chartwells- the school meal provider.

West Sussex Public Health and County Catering won an award for their poster presented the national Public Health England Conference in Warwick
For more details on past initiatives read more below