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Report brings together latest statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet

 An annual report published today brings together information from a variety of sources2 to provide a comprehensive picture of obesity related health issues in England.

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England 2017 presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet in a user friendly format.

Published by NHS Digital1, the report contains recently published information as well as additional new analyses on obesity related hospital admissions, which are presented nationally and at local authority level.

It covers topics such as:

  •  Obesity related hospital admissions for bariatric surgery3
  •  Prescription items for the treatment of obesity
  •  Prevalence of overweight and obese adults and children
  •  Physical activity levels among adults and children
  •  Diet among adults and children, including trends in purchases; consumption of food and drink; and energy intake

Read the full report at:

Notes to editors

1. NHS Digital is the national information and technology provider for the health and care system. Our team of information analysis, technology and project management experts create, deliver and manage the crucial digital systems, services, products and standards upon which health and care professionals depend. During the 2015/16 financial year, NHS Digital published 294 statistical reports. Our vision is to harness the power of information and technology to make health and care better. The Health and Social Care Information Centre is a non-departmental body created by statute, also known as NHS Digital. We provide 'Information and Technology for better health and care'. Find out more about our role and remit at

2. Sources for the report include: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital's prescribing data, The Health Survey for England, The National Child Measurement Program (NCMP), What About YOUth Survey, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), European Health Interview Survey (EHIS) and Sport England's Active Lives Survey (ALS).

3. Bariatric surgery procedures are performed to help weight loss; including stomach stapling, gastric bypass, gastric band and sleeve gastrectomy, as well as gastric band maintenance. The figures reported use HES data on the number of recorded Finished Consultant Episodes (FCEs) in an inpatient setting with a primary diagnosis of obesity and a main or secondary procedure of bariatric surgery.

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Last edited: 11 April 2018 5:38 pm