UK child and adult weight status

Public Health England have compiled up to date information on child and adult weight status in the UK. The factsheets are a useful resource for policy makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in obesity and some of the key findings are presented below:


  • Obesity among 2–10 year olds is around 12% and for 11–15 year olds is around 20%
  • It reports a steady increase in prevalence of obesity among boys and girls aged 2–15 years from 12% in 1995 up to a peak of 19% in 2004 to 2005 and an apparent stabilisation since then at around 15–16%


  • In 2013 an estimated 62% of adults (aged 16 years and over) were overweight or obese, around 2% were underweight and 3% had severe obesity
  • Men have a higher prevalence of obesity than women (26% compared to 24%), and are more likely to be overweight (41% compared to 33%)
  • The prevalence of obesity among adults rose from 15% in 1993 to 25% in 2013
  • Men and women living in low income households have the highest prevalence of obesity and those living in high income households have the lowest
Posted: 30/10/2015 08:57:26 by Laura Keaver


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