BMI: adult's body mass index in England 2017, by gender and age

Mean body mass index (BMI) of adults in England 2017, by gender and age (in kilograms per meters squared)

by Conor Stewart, last edited Aug 9, 2019
BMI: adult's body mass index in England 2017, by gender and age In 2017, the average body mass index (BMI) among the age group of 45 to 54 years was 28.9 for men and 29 for women, the highest mean BMI across all the age groups. Apart from men 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.
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Mean body mass index (BMI) of adults in England 2017, by gender and age (in kilograms per meters squared)

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