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Death: Greater London

Volume 467: debated on Tuesday 13 November 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were in (a) Bexley and (b) Greater London as a result of diabetes in each of the last five years for which information is available. (162071)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 November 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths there were in (a) Bexley and (b) Greater London as a result of diabetes in each of the last five years for which information is available. (162071)

The attached table provides the number of deaths where diabetes (i) was the underlying cause of death and (ii) was mentioned on the death certificate, either as the underlying cause or as a contributing factor, in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (c) Greater London, for 2002 to 2006 (the latest year available).

Table 1: Number of deaths from diabetes,1,2 London borough of Bexley and Greater London3, 2002-064

Deaths (persons)

London borough of Bexley

Greater London

‘(i) Underlying cause

(ii) Any mention

(i) Underlying cause

(ii) Any mention

2002

16

71

721

2,565

2003

18

89

684

2,614

2004

16

80

622

2,424

2005

13

91

565

2,645

2006

14

110

546

2,687

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes E10-E14 (diabetes mellitus).

2 Figures shown as ‘any mention’ (column ii) include those where diabetes was recorded as the underlying cause (column i).

3 Based on boundaries as of 2007.

4 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many deaths there were in (a) Bexley and (b) Greater London as a result of being (i) overweight and (ii) underweight in each of the last five years for which figures are available. (162073)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 13 November 2007:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many deaths there were in (a) Bexley, (b) Greater London as a result of being (i) overweight and (ii) underweight in each of the last five years for which information is available. (162073)

The terms ‘overweight’ and ‘underweight’ are not normally used in the registration of deaths. Consequently, figures can only be provided for deaths recorded using the medically recognised terms ‘obesity’ and ‘malnutrition’ or ‘effects of hunger’. The number of deaths so recorded is unlikely to be a complete or accurate reflection of the actual numbers of deaths which result, directly or indirectly, from being overweight or underweight.

The attached tables provide the numbers of deaths where (i) obesity and (ii) malnutrition or effects of hunger were mentioned on the death certificate, for (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Greater London, for the years 2002 to 2006 (the latest year available).

Table 1: Number of deaths from obesity,1 London borough of Bexley, Greater London2, 2002-063

Deaths (persons)

Bexley

Greater London

2002

1

61

2003

2

70

2004

3

73

2005

2

69

2006

4

87

1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code E66 (obesity). Deaths were included where this cause was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate.

2 Based on boundaries as of 2007.

3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Table 2: Number of deaths from malnutrition and effects of hunger,1 London borough of Bexley, Greater London2, 2002-063Deaths (persons)BexleyGreater London20020222003027200401720051162006225 1 Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes E40-E46 (malnutrition) and T73.0 (effects of hunger). Deaths were included where one of these causes was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate.2 Based on boundaries as of 2007.3 Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.