The Department of Health (DH) has suggested that the obesity rate among school children has been rising from 16.7% since the 1996-1997 school year to 22.2% in the 2009-2010 school year, which represents a drastic increase of 5.5 percentage point within a decade. The rising trend of overweight and obesity has largely been attributed to the lifestyles of unhealthy dietary habits, wide availability of high fat and sugary foods and lack of physical activity. Medical researches indicate that such unhealthy lifestyles cause many non-communicable diseases (NCD) such as heart disease and diabetes.
Since some researches also suggests that parents are generally not familiar with the weight status of their children yet they play an important role in the lifestyle of their children, the DH and the EDB have worked in collaboration to launch a pilot project, namely the "Physical Measurement Enhancement Pilot Project (PMEP)" in twelve primary and secondary schools in the 2010/2011 school year. The project aimed to raise parents' awareness on children's weight status as well as to provide useful information for those who are ready to make changes on children's lifestyle.
The PMEP aims to promote using standardised methods to measure height and weight; and to heighten parents’ awareness of their children’s physical health status.
Interested schools are required to register in the following website (for school registered the School Physical Fitness Award Scheme, no double registration is needed):
After the registration, schools can follow the instructions to upload relevant data and conduct the project by following the steps below:
Complete the measurement on students’ height and weight in specified period within the school year.
Teachers / Teaching assistants input the students’ height and weight into the recording system and print out the "Student’s Physical Measurement Report".
Teachers distribute the report to parents on designated date (e.g. Parents' Day) to enhance parents’ understanding on their children’s weight status.
(Schools may also distribute leaflets or pamphlets prepared by the DH. For details, please contact the DH on 2835 1918.)
For enquiries, please contact the DH (Tel: 2835 1918 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), the Physical Education Section, Curriculum Development Institute (Tel: 2110 3147 or e-mail: email@example.com).