BMI: adult's body mass index in England 2018, by gender and age

In 2018, men aged 55 to 64 years had an average body mass index (BMI) of 29 kg/m2 and women aged 65 to 74 years had a BMI of 28.3 kg/m2, the highest mean BMI among both genders across all the age groups. Apart from individuals aged 16 to 24 years, every demographic in England had an average BMI which is classified as overweight, indicating there is a problem with overweightness in England.

An increasing problem

It is shown that the mean BMI of individuals for both men and women has been generally increasing year-on-year in England. The numbers show in England, as in the rest of the United Kingdom (UK), that the prevalence of obesity is an increasing health problem. The prevalence of obesity in women in England has increased by nine percent since 2000, while for men the share of obesity has increased by six percent.

Strain on the health service

Being overweight increases the chances of developing serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancers. In the period 2016/17, England experienced over 10.7 thousand hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity, whereas in 2002/03 this figure was only 1,275 admissions. Furthermore, the number of bariatric surgeries taking place in England, particularly among women, has significantly increased over the last fifteen years. In 2016/17, almost 5.2 thousand bariatric surgery procedures were performed on women and approximately 1.6 thousand were carried out on men.

Mean body mass index (BMI) of adults in England 2018, by gender and age

MenWomen
16-24 years24.424.5
25-34 years26.226.9
35-44 years27.427.7
45-54 years28.828.4
55-64 years2928.3
65-74 years28.628.5
75 years and over27.827.7
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Source

Release date

December 2019

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2018

Number of respondents

6,690*

Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

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

The source provides the following information:
Underweight: less than 18.5 kilograms per meter squared.
Normal weight: 18.5 to less than 25 kilograms per meter squared.
Overweight: 25 to less than 30 kilograms per meter squared.
BMI = kilograms per meter squared

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