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Obesity

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) adults are (i) obese and (ii) overweight when measured by body mass index, according to the Government's most recent health survey figures. (72052)

The main source of data on the prevalence of obesity and overweight among children and adults is the Health Survey for England. The most recent data (2004) on the prevalence of obesity and overweight in children and adults are presented in tables 1 and 2. Table 1 refers to obesity and overweight prevalence among children aged two to 15. Table 2 reports the obesity and overweight prevalence among adults aged 16 and over.

Table 1. Prevalence of obesity and overweight among children1, by gender, England, 2004

Percentages

Body mass index (BMI) status

2004 (weighted2)

Boys

Overweight

13.9

Obese

19.2

Girls

Overweight

16.6

Obese

18.5

Bases

Boys

8,833

Girls

8,228

1 Children aged 2 to 15. 2 Data are weighted for non-response. Source: Health Survey for England 2004. Updating of trend tables to include 2004 data, The Information Centre for Health and Social Care.

Table 2: Prevalence of obesity and overweight among adults1, by gender, England, 2004

Percentages

Body mass index (BMI) status

2004 (weighted2)

Men

Overweight

44

Obese

23

Women

Overweight

34

Obese

23

Bases

Men

39,244

Women

39,803

1 Adults aged 16 and over. 2 Data are weighted for non-response. Source: Health Survey for England 2004, The Information Centre for Health and Social Care.