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Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet - England, 2013

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Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Local Authorities, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Clinical Commissioning Area Teams, Clinical Commissioning Regions, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Deprivation
Date Range:
01 Jan 2009 to 31 Mar 2012



Note 09/05/2013

A presentation error has been identified in the data in tables 7.1 and 7.2 originally included in this publication. The tables have been republished with corrected figures. The accompanying errata note provides more detail. The Health and Social Care Information Centre apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.


This statistical report presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources.

The topics covered include:

  • Overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children
  • Physical activity levels among adults and children
  • Trends in purchases and consumption of food and drink and energy intake
  • Health outcomes of being overweight or obese.

This report contains seven chapters which consist of the following:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction; this summarises government policies, targets and outcome indicators in this area, as well as providing sources of further information and links to relevant documents.
  • Chapters 2 to 6 cover obesity, physical activity and diet and provides an overview of the key findings from these sources, whilst maintaining useful links to each section of these reports.
  • Chapter 7: Health Outcomes; presents a range of information about the health outcomes of being obese or overweight which includes information on health risks, hospital admissions and prescription drugs used for treatment of obesity.
  • Figures presented in Chapter 7 have been obtained from a number of sources and presented in a user-friendly format. Some of the data contained in the chapter have been published previously by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) or the National Audit Office. Previously unpublished figures on obesity-related Finished Hospital Episodes and Finished Consultant Episodes for 2011/12 are presented using data from the HSCIC's Hospital Episode Statistics as well as data from the Prescribing Unit at the HSCIC on prescription items dispensed for treatment of obesity.



· The proportion of adults with a normal BMI decreased between 1993 and 2011 from 41 per cent to 34 per cent among men and from 50 per cent to 39 per cent among women.

· The proportion that were overweight including obese increased from 58 per cent to 65 per cent in men and from 49 per cent to 58 per cent in women between 1993 and 2011

· There was a marked increase in the proportion of adults that were obese from 13 per cent in 1993 to 24 per cent in 2011 for men and from 16 per cent to 26 per cent for women.

· In 2011/12 15.5 million adults participated in sport at least once a week for 30 minutes at moderate intensity. This equated to 36 per cent of adults (41 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women).

· Household purchases of fresh and processed fruit are on a downward trend since 2008 and are 4.1 per cent lower despite a rise in 2011.

· Over the period 2001/02 to 2011/12 in almost every year more than twice as many females than males were admitted to hospital with a primary diagnosis of obesity. In 2011/12 almost three times as many women as men were admitted with a primary diagnosis of obesity (8,740 women compared to 2,993 men).

· North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA) had the highest rate of admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity (56 admissions per 100,000 population) followed by the East Midlands SHA (39 admissions per 100,000 population) and London (33 admissions per 100,000 population). East of England SHA had the lowest rate (12 admissions per 100,000 population).



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