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Obesity

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the obesity levels were for (a) children and (b) adults in (i) each health authority area and (ii) each local authority area for the past 30 years in descending order according to the most recent figures. [45565]

Caroline Flint: The data are not available in the format requested. The main source of data on the prevalence of obesity is the Health Survey for England (HSE).

Data on obesity prevalence in children are available at a national level from the Health Survey for England 2002. This survey is available on the Department's website at: www.archive2.official-documents.co.uk/document/deps/doh/survey02/hse02.htm. The children's sample size of the HSE does not allow figures to be produced at the level of strategic health authority (SHA) or local authority area.

Data on obesity in adults are shown in table 1. The table provides the proportion of adults, aged 16 and over, who are obese (mean body mass index (BMI) over 30) for each SHA between 1994 and 2002. Data for earlier years are not available. The results from the table are taken from the Health Survey for England: Health and lifestyles indicators for Strategic Health Authorities 1994–2002 report. The data shows BMI as a three-year moving average, with the latest data available in this format being 2000–2002. The sample size of the HSE does not allow figures to be produced at the level of local health authority areas.
Table 1: Age standardised proportion of adults who are obese (BMI over 30), by year (three-year moving average) and sex, England, 1994–2002

AreaPersons
CodeName1994–96
1995–97
1996–98
1997–99
%SI%SI%SI%SI
Q10County Durham and Tees Valley16.518.919.219.1
Q09Northumberland, Tyne and Wear16.318.419.921.0
Q15Cheshire and Merseyside16.116.117.018.6
Q13Cumbria and Lancashire15.017.418.719.3
Q14Greater Manchester14.9Low15.3Low17.019.0
Q11North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire17.618.619.720.2
Q2319.1High17.918.617.1
Q12West Yorkshire16.316.118.118.2
Q25Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland16.616.516.818.2
Q24Trent18.4High18.919.519.1
Q27Birmingham and the Black Country20.4High20.7High21.3High21.3High
Q28West Midlands South16.117.719.321.9
Q26Shropshire and Staffordshire19.0High19.319.020.6
Q02Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire15.516.116.318.4
Q03Essex13.816.518.317.9
Q0117.219.519.9
Q05North Central London13.1Low14.815.514.1
Q06North East London16.617.718.020.1
Q04North West London16.117.117.118.8
Q07South East London19.1High18.818.818.8
Q08South West London12.3Low12.5Low14.8Low15.4
Q17Hampshire and Isle of Wight15.017.117.918.8
Q18Kent and Medway17.720.0High20.319.7
Q19Surrey and Sussex13.4Low14.9Low16.917.4
Q16Thames Valley16.917.116.716.5
Q20Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire15.815.4Low15.8Low16.1Low
Q22Dorset and Somerset18.318.619.119.3
Q21South West Peninsula16.918.117.818.9


CodeName1998–2000
1999–2001
2000–02
%SI%SI%SI
Q10County Durham and Tees Valley19.323.827.3High
Q09Northumberland, Tyne and Wear20.821.321.3
Q15Cheshire and Merseyside19.420.921.0
Q13Cumbria and Lancashire21.221.522.4
Q14Greater Manchester20.320.221.1
Q11North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire21.723.9High26.1High
Q2318.017.1Low19.6
Q12West Yorkshire18.118.520.8
Q25Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland20.522.124.3
Q24Trent21.723.025.1High
Q27Birmingham and the Black Country23.4High24.0High24.9High
Q28West Midlands South21.123.122.6
Q26Shropshire and Staffordshire21.522.122.9
Q02Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire18.120.118.8Low
Q03Essex19.419.220.2
Q0120.120.621.6
Q05North Central London17.917.518.4
Q06North East London20.720.920.7
Q04North West London19.821.018.4Low
Q07South East London18.618.219.2
Q08South West London20.219.924.3
Q17Hampshire and Isle of Wight19.420.921.4
Q18Kent and Medway20.021.523.1
Q19Surrey and Sussex17.4Low17.3Low17.6Low
Q16Thames Valley17.3Low17.3Low18.9Low
Q20Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire17.819.417.3Low
Q22Dorset and Somerset18.919.719.3
Q21South West Peninsula18.519.919.9



Notes
In the SI (significance indicator) column, High"/"Low" indicate age standardised values for this SHA that are significantly higher/lower than the England average, at the 95 per cent. confidence level.
LCL= Lower 95 per cent. confidence interval; UCL= Upper 95 per cent. confidence interval
Source:
Health Survey for England: Health and Lifestyle indicators for Strategic Health Authorities 1994–2002 Department of Health



 
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Table 2 shows the proportion of adults who are obese (BMI of 30 and above) for each Government office region for 2003Obesity prevalence (age-standardised), by Government office region and sex

Percentage
Government office region
Aged 16 and over with both valid height and weight measurements2003
BMI (kg/
m2) over 30
North EastNorth WestYorkshire and the HumberEast MidlandsWest MidlandsEast EnglandLondonSouth EastSouth West
Men22.623.825.423.824.124.618.719.522.4
Women26.626.128.527.431.426.923.021.122.5
Bases (unweighted)
Men368849560574629728727.0930601
Women4681006667678778825837.01119712
Bases (weighted)
Men339878634591676755930.01052663
Women376901650582696735876.01071683



Source:
Health Survey for England 2003—Risk factors for cardiovascular disease


Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary school pupils in (a) England, (b) London, (c) London borough of Hillingdon and (d) Uxbridge constituency are identified as (i) overweight and (ii) obese. [46592]

Caroline Flint: The data are not available in the format requested. The main source of data on the prevalence of obesity is the health survey for England (HSE). The sample size of the health survey does not allow figures to be produced at the level of London boroughs or parliamentary constituencies. For children, aged two to 10 years, national and Government office region (GOR) figures are presented using the national BMI percentile classification.

The available information is presented in the two following tables, using the estimated obesity and/or overweight prevalence results of the HSE for 2001, 2002 and 2003. The national level data presented are the most recent available, and shows overweight and obesity
 
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prevalence among children. Data at GOR level is only available for obesity prevalence. GOR data provided are the most recent available and use combined information from the 2001 and 2002 surveys.
Overweight and obesity prevalence among children aged two to 10-years, England, 2003

Children aged two-10-years with valid BMI
Obese percentage13.7
Overweight including obese percentage27.7
Bases (weighted)1774
Bases (unweighted)1733



Notes:
Prevalence based on the UK national BMI percentile classification.
Source:
Obesity among children under 11, 2005". Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Information Centre




 
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Obesity prevalence among children aged two to 10-years, London, 2001–02

Children aged two-10-years with valid BMI
Obese percentage18.2
Bases (weighted)830
Bases (unweighted)701



Notes:
Prevalence based on the UK national BMI percentile classification.
Source:
Obesity among children under 11, 2005". Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Information Centre



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