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Weight Statistics

Volume 455: debated on Friday 26 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people classified as (a) overweight, (b) obese and (c) underweight in each English region in each of the last five years. (117494)

The main source of data on the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adults is the Health Survey for England. The information is not available in the format requested. The most recent data on obesity prevalence by Government Office Region is collected in the Health Survey for England 2003. However, due to variation in sample sizes in each year, it is not possible to provide data to this level of detail in all years.

The table sets out the data on the prevalence of underweight, desirable, overweight and obese adults by Government Office Region and gender in Health Survey for England 2003.

Prevalence of underweight, desirable, overweight and obesity (observed and age-standardised), by Government Office Region and gender, England 2003

Percentage

North East

North West

Yorkshire and the Humber

East Midlands

West Midlands

East England

London

South East

South West

Men

Observed

18.5 or under (underweight)

0.7

2.0

2.6

1.6

1.7

0.6

1.5

1.3

0.4

Over 18.5-25 (desirable)

34.2

32.4

31.0

29.7

31.8

31.8

40.3

33.6

31.3

Over 25 (overweight, including obese)

65.1

65.6

66.4

68.7

66.5

67.6

58.2

65.2

68.4

Over 30 (obese)1

23.0

23.9

25.2

23.5

23.0

24.0

17.6

19.9

22.8

Over 40 (morbidly obese)

1.3

0.8

0.8

0.9

1.6

0.9

0.9

0.7

1.4

Age standardised

Over 25 (overweight, including obese)

62.0

63.7

65.3

67.6

65.2

66.0

58.6

62.4

65.5

Over 30 (obese)1

21.5

23.0

24.6

22.8

22.5

23.6

17.8

18.9

21.2

Over 40 (morbidly obese)

1.1

0.8

0.8

1.0

1.6

1.0

0.9

0.6

1.2

Women

Observed

18.5 or under (underweight)

1.1

2.2

2.3

1.5

1.8

1.8

3.4

2.0

2.1

Over 18.5-25 (desirable)

39.7

38.0

42.3

41.1

37.0

41.7

49.1

46.2

42.1

Over 25 (overweight, including obese)

59.2

59.8

55.4

57.4

61.2

56.6

47.5

51.8

55.8

Over 30 (obese)1

24.3

24.2

23.9

24.0

28.7

24.0

20.1

19.3

21.1

Over 40 (morbidly obese)

1.6

2.4

4.7

4.1

2.7

3.4

2.2

2.5

1.6

Age standardised

Over 25 (overweight, including obese)

59.7

58.8

55.0

56.3

60.2

55.4

49.0

49.5

53.5

Over 30 (obese)1

24.9

23.8

23.8

23.3

28.8

23.5

20.7

18.5

20.1

Over 40 (morbidly obese)

1.7

2.3

4.7

4.1

2.6

3.4

2.3

2.6

2.4

Bases (unweighted)

Men

368

849

560

574

629

728

727

930

601

Women

468

1,006

667

678

778

825

837

1,119

712

Bases (weighted)

Men

339

878

634

591

676

755

930

1,052

663

Women

376

901

650

582

696

735

876

1,071

683

1 The definition of obese includes informants with a BMI exceeding 40 kg/m2

Source:

Health Survey for England 2003. The Department of Health