Adult Obesity

Overview

The prevalence of obesity among adults has increased sharply during the 1990s and early 2000s. The proportion who were categorised as obese (BMI 30kg/m2 or over) increased from 13.2% of men in 1993 to 26.9% in 2015 and from 16.4% of women in 1993 to 26.8% in 2015 (HSE). By 2050 the prevalence of obesity is predicted to affect 60% of adult men, 50% of adult women.

As the prevalence of obesity in England increases, it has become a major public health concern due to its association with serious chronic diseases and related morbidly and mortality.

NOO has a range of resources with data and information on adult weight, diet and physical activity: