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National Statistics
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Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet - England, 2018 [PAS]

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Ambulance Trusts, Regions, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Clinical Commissioning Area Teams, Clinical Commissioning Regions, Ambulance Trusts, Deprivation
Date Range:
31 Mar 2016 to 31 Dec 2017


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

The topics covered include:

  • Obesity related hospital admissions.
  • Prescription items for the treatment of obesity.
  • Adult obesity prevalence.
  • Childhood obesity prevalence.
  • Physical activity levels among adults and children.
  • Diet among adults and children, including trends in purchases, and consumption of food and drink and energy intake.

Each section provides an overview of the key findings from these sources, as well as providing sources of further information and links to relevant documents and sources. Some of the data have been published previously by NHS Digital.

A data visualisation tool at the link below allows users to select obesity related hospital admissions data for any Local Authority (as contained in Excel tables 3, 7 and 11 of this publication), along with time series data from 2013/14. Regional and national comparisons are also provided.


  • In 2016/17, there were 617 thousand admissions in NHS hospitals where obesity was a factor1. This is an increase of 18 per cent on 2015/16.
  • In 2016, 26 per cent of adults were classified as obese. This has increased from 15 per cent in 1993 but has remained at a similar level since 2010.
  • In 2016, 26 per cent of adults and 16 per cent of children consumed 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • In 2016/17, 1 in 5 children in Year 6 and 1 in 10 children in Reception were classified as obese.

1) Hospital admissions with a primary or secondary diagnosis of obesity.


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