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Children: overweight and obesity prevalence in England 2018, by gender and age

In 2018, 19 percent of boys and 16 percent of girls aged between 11 and 15 years in England were classed as obese. Additionally, in the age group two to ten years old, 15 percent of boys and 10 percent of girls were obese.

Prevalence among adults

The prevalence of obesity among adults in England has been creeping upwards since 2000. In that year, 21 percent of men and women were classed as obese in England. However, by 2018 this share had increased to 29 percent for women and 24 percent of men.

Obesity heavy on the health service

The number of hospital admissions as a result of obesity in England has increased alongside the general increase in obesity. In the year 2018/19, almost 8.2 thousand women and 2.8 thousand men were admitted to hospital. A vast 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.

Overweight and obesity prevalence among children in England 2018, by gender and age

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Release date

December 2019


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period


Number of respondents


Age group

2-15 years

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted bases: n (boys) = 715; n (girls) = 681
The source provides the following information:
Categories are mutually exclusive, i.e. overweight does not include those who are obese.

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