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Obesity

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the proportion of the population of (a) England and (b) Romford constituency that is clinically obese. (196670)

Information on the proportion of the population of England that are clinically obese is collected in the Health Survey for England.

“Health Survey for England 2006: Volume 1 Cardiovascular disease and risk factors in adults” pages 98-99 published on 31 January 2008 show that 24 per cent. of adults (aged 16 or over) in England were classified as obese. This publication has been placed in the Library.

Obesity rates in Romford are not available.

Neighbourhood statistics published in December 2007, provide estimated prevalence of obesity among adults aged 16 and over, along with associated confidence intervals for Havering local authority are shown in the following table. These estimates are taken from Model-Based Estimates of Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours, and are for combined years 2003 to 2005.

The proportion of people who are obese in Havering was not found to be statistically different to England.

Table 1: Model-based estimates of obesity prevalence, 2003 to 2005

Percentages

Havering local authority

Estimated prevalence of obesity

22.0

95% lower confidence interval

19.7

95% upper confidence interval

24.6

England1

Estimated prevalence of obesity

23.6

95% lower confidence interval

23.0

95% upper confidence interval

24.2

1 The national estimate is derived directly from the Health Surveys for England 2003 to 2005 (with associated Confidence Intervals) and therefore is not a model-based estimate.

Source:

Model-Based Estimates of Healthy Lifestyles Behaviours, 2003 to 2005.

Neighbourhood Statistics, Office for National Statistics (ONS)