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Obesity prevalence in England 2000-2018, by gender

The prevalence of obesity among adults in England has been creeping upwards since 2000. In that year, 21 percent of men and women in England were classified as obese. However, by 2018 this share had increased to 29 percent for women and 26 percent of men.

Obesity causing strain on health service

As the prevalence of obesity is increasing in England, the number of hospital admissions as a result of obesity has also increased. In the period 2018/19, almost 8.2 thousand women and nearly 2.9 thousand men were admitted to hospital. A huge rise 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 2019, the mean Body Mass Index of women was 27.7 and for men it was 28. 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 25 percent for women and 24 percent for men.

Obesity prevalence among individuals in England from 2000 to 2018, by gender

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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Number of respondents

6,690*

Age group

16 years and older

Special properties

interviewer measured

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted bases 2018: n (men) = 3,297. n (women)= 3,393. In years before 2003, data were not weighted for non-response.
The source provides the following information:
- Obese, including morbidly obese is defined as having a BMI of 30 or more.
- All young adults from core and boost samples in 2002 were included in analysis of those aged 16-24 but only the core sample was included in the overall total. Thus it should be noted that the 'All Men', 'All Women' and 'All adults' totals are not the sum of the individual age groups.
- All adults from core and boost samples in 2005 were included in analysis of 65-74 and 75+ age groups but only the core sample was included in the overall total. Thus it should be noted that the 'All Men', 'All Women' and 'All adults' totals are not the sum of the individual age groups.

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