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Obesity: Children

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of children under the age of 16 years who are clinically obese in (a) England, (b) the North West, (c) the Stockport Primary Care Trust area and (d) Cheadle constituency. (243068)

The information requested is not available in the format requested. Figures by constituency are not available.

Information on the proportion of children aged two to 15 that are obese in England and broken down by Government office region and strategic health authority (SHA) is collected in the Health Survey for England.

This information can be found in “Health Survey for England 2006: Volume 2 Obesity and other risk factors in children”, tables 2.2 and 2.3 on pages 35 and 36 which was published on 31 January 2008. This publication is available in the Library.

Information on the proportion of children that are obese in England, the North West Strategic Health Authority and Stockport Primary Care Trust (PCT) is collected through the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). The NCMP report provides high-level analysis of the prevalence of obese children, in reception year (aged four to five years) and year 6 (aged 10-11 years), measured in England in the school year 2007-08.

This information is available in the “National Child Measurement Programme 2007/08 school year headline results” which was published on 11 December 2008. The prevalence of obese children in England is shown in table i (page 4). The prevalence of obese children at PCT level can be found in annex 1: Detailed tables, table A (pages 31-32) and the prevalence of obese children at SHA level can be found in table B (page 33). This publication has been placed in the Library.