On 30 March 2017 the following publication was released



Date Range: 01 January 2015 to 31 March 2016

Geographical coverage: England

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet - England, 2017

Key Facts:


 • In 2015, 58 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men were overweight or obese.

 • Obesity prevalence increased from 15 per cent in 1993 to 27 per cent in 2015.

 • In 2015/16, over 1 in 5 children in Reception, and over 1 in 3 children in Year 6 were measured as obese or overweight.

 • In 2015/16 there were 525 thousand admissions in NHS hospitals where obesity was a factor.

 • In 2015/16, there were 6,438 Finished Consultant Episodes (FCE's) in NHS hospitals with a primary diagnosis of obesity and a main or secondary procedure of bariatric surgerya.

 • Over three quarters of bariatric surgery patients were aged between 35 and 54, and over three quarters of patients were female.

 • 26 per cent of adults ate the recommended 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day in 2015. Women (27 per cent) were more likely to do so than men (24 per cent).

 • In 2014, 52 per cent of 15 year olds reported they consumed 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

 • In 2015/16, 26 per cent of adults were classified as inactive (fewer than 30 minutes physical activity a week). “

According to NHS Live Well (https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/whybeactive.aspx)


EXERCISE can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.


Whatever your age, there’s strong scientific evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and even happier life.


People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers.


Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:


 • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke

 • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes

 • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer

 • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer

 • a 30% lower risk of early death

 • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis

 • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture

 • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)

 • up to a 30% lower risk of depression

 • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

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