General Article Statistics on obesity

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An extract from Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England, 2020.

Key Facts

  • 11,117 hospital admissions directly attributable to obesity
  • An increase of 4% on 2017/18, when there were 10,660 admissions
  • 876 thousand hospital admissions where obesity was a factor
  • An increase of 23% on 2017/18, when there were 711 thousand admissions
  • The majority of adults were overweight or obese; 67% of men and 60% of women.
  • This included 26% of men and 29% of women who were obese.
  • 20% of year 6 children were classified as obese
  • Prevalence was over twice as high in the most deprived areas than the least deprived areas.
  • 67% of adults were considered active (as per government guidelines)
  • 47% of children and young people were meeting the current physical activity guidelines.

Adult overweight and obesity

Overweight and obesity are terms that refer to an excess of body fat and they usually relate to increased weight-for-height. The most common method of measuring obesity is the Body Mass I...

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