Share of adults who have a longstanding illness in England, by waist circumference

This statistic displays the proportion of individuals who have a limiting longstanding illness in England in 2013, by gender and body mass index. In this year, 26 percent of men and 32 percent of women who had a limiting longstanding illness were also obese.

Proportion of individuals who have a limiting longstanding illness in England in 2013, by gender and waist circumference

Non-limiting longstanding illness (men)Non-limiting longstanding illness (women)Limiting longstanding illness (men)Limiting longstanding illness (women)
Desirable waist circumference13%12%15%16%
High waist circumference20%16%22%24%
Very high waist circumference21%20%29%34%
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Source

Release date

December 2014

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

January to December 2013

Number of respondents

7,638*

Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted bases: n (men)= 3,749; n (women)= 3,889
Longstanding illness is any physical or mental health condition or illness lasting or expected to last 12 months or more. A limiting longstanding illness is one that reduces a person's ability to carry out day-to-day activities.
Waist circumference:
- desirable waist circumference: less than 94 centimeters in men and less than 80 centimeters in women.
- high waist circumference: 94-102 centimeters in men and 80-88 centimeters in women.
- very high waist circumference: greater than 102 centimeters in men and greater than 88 centimeters in women, referred to as 'raised waist circumference' in previous HSE reports.

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