Obesity Statistics:

British Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet Statistics:

The following Obesity related Statistics were collated from National Statistics and Surveys in February 2012:

English Obesity In 2010:

26% of both men and women aged 16 or over were classified as obese with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or more; a greater proportion of men than women, 42% compared with 32%, were classified as overweight, with a BMI of 25 to less than 30 kg/m2; women were more likely then men, 46% and 34% respectively, to have a raised waist circumference, with over 88cm for women and over 102cm for men.

Using both the BMI and Waist Circumference to assess risk of health problems, 22% of men were estimated to be at increased risk; 12% at high risk and 23% at very high risk and 14% of women were estimated to be at increased risk; 19% at high risk and 25% at very high risk.

Around three in ten boys and girls, aged 2 to 15, were classed as either overweight or obese, 31% and 29% respectively, which is very similar to the 2009 findings, 31% for boys and 28% for girls; 17% of boys and 15% of girls. aged 2 to 15, were classed as obese, an increase from 11% and 12% respectively since 1995; around one in ten pupils in Reception class, aged 4 to 5 years, were classified as obese. 9.4%, which compares to around a fifth of pupils in Year 6, aged 10 to 11 years, 19.0%.

Physical Activity In England - 2010/2011:

41% of respondents, aged 2 plus, said that they made walks of 20 minutes or more at least 3 times a week and an additional 23% said that they did so at least once or twice a week in Great Britain (GB); however, 20% of respondents reported that they took walks of at least 20 minutes, less than once a year or never.

The most popular sports activity carried out by children aged 5 to10 outside of school hours was swimming, diving or life saving with 48% participating in the previous four weeks; this was followed by football, 36%, and cycling or riding a bike, 28%.

For children aged 11 to 15 the most popular sport activities participated in during the past four weeks both in and out of school were football, 50%, basketball, 27%, and swimming, diving or lifesaving, 27%.

Pupils in years 1 to 13 of the schools surveyed spent an average of 117 minutes in a typical week on curriculum PE; the long term trend shows an increase in the average number of minutes pupils take part in PE each week.

Diet In The United Kingdom:

There has been a significant upward trend in household expenditure on eggs, butter, beverages, sugar and preserves.

Household purchases of fruit fell by 0.9% in 2010 and are now 11.6% lower than 2007; purchases of vegetables increased by 0.4% but are 2.9% lower than in 2007.

In 2010, 25% of men and 27% of women consumed the recommended 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables daily; these results are similar to those reported in 2009 and are slightly lower than in 2006 when 28% of men and 32% of women consumed at least 5 portions daily.

Between 2009 and 2010, the percentage of 5 to 15 year old boys consuming 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables decreased from 21% to 19%; for girls the corresponding percentages showed a similar decrease from 22% to 20%.

Total energy intake per person fell 0.5% in 2010; total energy intake in 2010 was 2,292 kcal per person per day, in 2009 this was 2,303; although the downward movement since 2007 is not statistically significant there is a clear picture of a longer term downward trend.

Obesity Related Poor Health In England:

In 2009, obese adults, aged 16 and over, were more likely to have high blood pressure than those in the normal weight group; high blood pressure was recorded in 51% of men and 46% of women in the obese group and in 20% of men and 15% of women in the normal weight group.

The number of Finished Admission Episodes (FAEs) in NHS hospitals with a primary diagnosis of obesity among people of all ages was 11,574 in 2010/11; this is over ten times as high as the number in 2000/01, which was 1,054, and 1,003 more than in 2009/10, which was 10,571.

Over the period 2000/01 to 2010/11 in almost every year more than twice as many females than males were admitted to hospital with a primary diagnosis of obesity; in 2010/11 almost three times as many women as men were admitted with a primary diagnosis of obesity, 8,654 women compared to 2,919 men.

The North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA) had the highest rate of admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity of 40 admissions per 100,000 population, followed by the East Midlands SHA of 36 admissions per 100,000 population, and London of 35 admissions per 100,000 population; South West, South Central and North West SHAs had the lowest rates of 14 admissions per 100,000 population.

The number of Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs) for bariatric surgery rose to 8,087 in 2010/11, 12% higher than in 2009/10 when there were 7,214; in the last decade, procedures saw a 30-fold increase from just 261 in 2000/01 to the current level; though figures for more recent years also include procedures carried out to maintain an existing gastric band rather than fit a new one; of the 8,087 procedures for bariatric surgery carried out in 2010/11, 1,444 were for maintenance of an existing band.

The East Midlands SHA had the highest rate of FCEs for bariatric surgery per 100,000 of the population of 32 procedures per 100,000 population; the North West SHA had the lowest rate of 6 procedures per 100,000 population, followed by East of England and South Central SHAs of 9 procedures per 100,000 population.

In 2010, there were 1.1 million prescription items dispensed for the treatment of obesity, a 24% decrease on the previous year when 1.4 million items were dispensed; this is the first recorded decrease in seven years and could reflect the withdrawal from use of two of the three drugs reported on which had been used to treat obesity, Sibutramine in 2010 and Rimonabant in 2009.

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