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Health Survey for England - 2004, Updating of trend tables to include childhood obesity data

Official statistics, National statistics, Survey
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Regions, Strategic Health Authorities
Date Range:
01 Jan 2004 to 31 Dec 2004


The Health Survey for England is a series of annual surveys designed to measure health and health related behaviours in adults and children living in private households in England. The survey was commissioned by the Department of Health and, since April 2005, The Information Centre for health and social care.

The Information Centre is adding a new table to the existing web-based analysis of trends of the core topics of the Health Survey (general health, smoking, drinking, obesity, high blood pressure etc). The table covers children's overweight and obesity prevalence from 1995-2004, which has not previously been covered in the trend tables.


Among boys and girls aged 2-15, the proportion who were obese increased between 1995 and 2004, from 11 per cent in 1995 to 19 per cent in 2004 among boys, and from 12 per cent in 1995 to 18 per cent in 2004 among girls.

The same pattern was apparent among boys aged 2-10 between 1995 and 2004, with an increase in the proportion that were obese, (10 per cent to 16 per cent). There was a different pattern for girls aged 2-10, with no statistically significant increases in the proportion overweight (14 per cent in 2004) or obese (12 per cent in 2004) in this period.

In boys aged 11-15, as with younger boys, there was an increase in the proportion that were obese between 1995 and 2004 (14 per cent to 24 per cent). There were increases in this period among girls aged 11-15 who were overweight (14 per cent to 19 per cent), and obese (15 per cent to 26 per cent).


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