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Children: Obesity

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 5 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in the age groups (a) 5 to 8, (b) 9 to 11, (c) 12 to 13 and (d) 14 to 16 years were classed as obese in each school in Easington constituency in the latest period for which figures are available. (186210)

I have been asked to reply.

The best available data on prevalence of child obesity in the North East region are available through the “Health Survey for England (HSE) and the National Child Measurement Programme” (NCMP).

The HSE 2006, published in January 2008, showed that in the North East for children aged 2-15 years, 20 per cent. of boys and 15 per cent. of girls were obese.

The NCMP weighs and measures children aged 4-5 years and 10-11 years. The Report published on February 21, 2008 showed that for the North East Strategic Health Authority, 10.9 per cent. of children aged 4-5 years, and 19.9 per cent. of children aged 10-11 years, were obese.

Obesity prevalence is available by primary care trust and local authority in the NCMP report, which is available on the Department of Health website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publichealth/Healthimprovement/Healthyliving/DH_083093.

School-level results are not available from the HSE, because a sampling method is used and, due to the small numbers involved, results are not reliable below regional level.

School-level results have not been published at a national level for the NCMP. However, the dataset has now been shared with Public Health Observatories to allow them to undertake their own analysis, including analysis at school level, according to regional and local needs.

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children aged (a) five to eight, (b) nine to 11, (c) 12 to 13 and (d) 14 to 16 years were classed as obese in each school in Tamworth constituency in the latest period for which figures are available. (187723)

I have been asked to reply.

The best available data on prevalence of child obesity in the West Midlands region are available through the “Health Survey for England” (HSE) and the “National Child Measurement Programme” (NCMP).

The HSE 2006, published in January 2008, showed that in the West Midlands for children aged 2-15 years, 19 per cent. of boys and 18 per cent. of girls were obese.

The NCMP weighs and measures children aged 4-5 years and 10-11 years. The report published on February 21, 2008 showed that for the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority, 9.8 per cent. of children aged 4-5 years, and 16.6 per cent. of children aged 10-11 years, were obese.

Obesity prevalence is available by primary care trust and local authority in the NCMP report, which is available on the Department’s website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publichealth/Healthimprovement/Healthyliving/DH_083093.

School-level results are not available from the HSE, because a sampling method is used and, due to the small numbers involved, results are not reliable below regional level.

School-level results have not been published at a national level for the NCMP. However, the dataset has now been shared with Public Health Observatories to allow them to undertake their own analysis, including analysis at school level, according to regional and local needs.