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Prevalence of adolescent obesity in the United Kingdom from 1975 to 2016, by gender

This statistic displays the prevalence of adolescent obesity* in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1975 to 2016, by gender. Between 1975 and 2005, the obesity rates for female adolescents in the UK was greater than that of male adolescents. This changed in 2010, when 9.4 percent of male adolescents were considered obese, compared to 9.2 percent of female adolescents. While the rate of obesity has continued to rise for males, female adolescents were less likely to be obese in 2015 and 2016 than they were in 2010.

Prevalence of adolescent obesity* in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1975 to 2016, by gender

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Source

Release date

September 2017

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

1975 to 2016

Age group

10-19 years

Supplementary notes

* Adolescents aged 10 to 19 years old. The sources writes that:
"A crude population measure of obesity is the body mass index (BMI), a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in metres). A person with a BMI of 30 or more is generally considered obese."

The source notes: "BMI > +2 standard deviations above the median (crude estimate)."

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