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Obesity Statistics

Published Friday, January 20, 2017

27% of adults in England are obese. A further 36% are overweight. This briefing provides statistics on the obesity among adults and children in the UK, along with data on prescriptions, surgery, and international comparisons.

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Obesity by local authority, England, 2013-2015Click thumbnail to view large map of obesity rates in England.






Obesity is normally defined as having a BMI of 30+		27% of adults in England are obese. A further 36% are overweight

Rates of excess weight are highest in the North East and lowest in London		Men are more likely to be overweight, but obesity rates are the same for both genders

Those aged 55-64 are most likely to be obese; 16-24s are least likely		Obesity rates have grown slightly in the last decade

9% of children in England are obese by the age of 4-5		10-11 year olds in the most deprived areas are much more likely to be obese

In England, rates of obesity drug prescriptions are highest in Stoke North		Prescribing rates for obesity drugs have fallen in all UK countries since 2008

The number of bariatric surgeries on obese patients fell in the last three years		UK obesity rates are below those of USA and Australia but above those of France & Germany

This briefing gives statistics on obesity for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with international comparisons. Breakdowns by age, gender, ethnicity local authority and deprivation are given where possible, and data for both adult and child obesity is covered. In addition to statistics on the prevalence of obesity, this briefing gives statistics on prescriptions of drugs for obesity, trends in bariatric surgery, and the detrimental effect of obesity on health. For information on treatments for obesity, see the recent note from POST (the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology).

Commons Briefing papers SN03336

Authors: Carl Baker; Alex Bate

Topics: Diseases, Health education and preventive medicine, Health services, Obesity

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