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Hospital admissions for obesity in England 2002-2019, by gender

Since 2002 there has been a significant increase in the number of hospital admissions for obesity in England. In 2018/19, there were 8,237 hospital admissions of women with a primary diagnosis of obesity and 2,880 hospital admissions for men, although both genders had their peak number of admissions in 2011/12. The highest number of admissions due to obesity were found in the age group 45 to 54 years, with almost 3.2 thousand admissions.

Obesity prevalence in England

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 26 percent of men.

Situation north of the border

In Scotland in 2019, the mean Body Mass Index of women was 28 and for men it was 27.7. A BMI of over 25 is classed as overweight. 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.

Number of hospital admissions for obesity in England from 2002 to 2019, by gender*

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Release date

February 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

2002 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Primary diagnosis of obesity. Inpatient care only.
Admissions do not represent the number of inpatients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

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