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Overweight prevalence in England 2000-2018, by gender

In 2018, 41 percent of men and 30 percent of women in England were classed as overweight. The share of overweight people in England has decreased since the year 2000, but the share of obesity in England has increased since then, indicating that England’s problem with weight has gotten worse.

Strain on health service due to obesity

The number of hospital admissions as a result of obesity in England has increased alongside this rise in obesity. In the period 2017/18, almost 7.9 thousand women and 2.8 thousand men were admitted to hospital. An escalation from the admission levels in 2002/03. The highest number of admissions due to obesity were found in the age group 45 to 54 years, with almost 3.2 thousand admissions in that age group.

Situation in Scotland

In Scotland in 2018, the mean Body Mass Index of women was 27.8 and for men it was 27.6. A BMI of over 25 is classed as overweight. While the share of adults classed as obese or morbidly obese in Scotland in this year was 30 percent for women and 26 percent for men.

Overweight prevalence among adults in England from 2000 to 2018, by gender

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Release date

December 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period


Number of respondents


Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted bases: n 2018 (men) = 3,297, n (women) = 3,393

The source provides the following definition: "overweight: 25 to less than 30 kilograms per square meter."

In the surveys prior to 2003, data was not weighted for non-response.

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