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Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet - England, 2015

This annual statistical report published by the Health & Social Care Information Centre presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources. The topics covered include overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children; physical activity levels among adults and children, trends in purchases and consumption of food and drink and energy intake; and health outcomes of being overweight or obese.

Child obesity slide set updated January 2015

PowerPoint slides presenting key data and information on child obesity in clear, easy to understand charts and graphics. These can be used freely with acknowledgement to Public Health England.

2013 Health Survey for England published

The latest findings from the Health Survey for England 2013 have been reported. For more information and to download the associated documents please click here: 2013 Health Survey for England report

New child NCMP obesity data for 2013 published

NCMP: England, 2013/14 school year report by HSCIC (hyperlink to the IC report: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB16070) report summarises the key findings from the Government's National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England, 2013-14 school year. The report provides high-level analysis of the prevalence of 'underweight', 'healthy weight', 'overweight' and 'obese' children, in Reception (typically aged 4-5 years) and Year 6 (typically aged 10-11 years), measured in state schools in England in the school year 2013-14. We (PHE's Obesity Knowledge and Intelligence team) will publish more detailed analysis on trends in 2015.

Active People Survey 7/8 2013

New data spreadsheet from the latest Active People Survey 7/8 2013 now available. For the latest information and to download the data visit the Active People page

NICE update on identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity

NICE has updated their guidelines on Obesity: identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in children, young people and adults. NICE guidelines [CG189] Published date: November 2014

This guideline updates and replaces section 1.2 of NICE clinical guideline 43 (published December 2006. See about this guideline for details.

It offers evidence-based advice on the care and treatment of Obesity. New recommendations have been added about low-calorie and very-low-calorie diets, bariatric surgery and follow-up care.

McKinsey Global Institute report "Overcoming obesity: An initial economic analysis"

McKinsey Global Institute report "Overcoming obesity: An initial economic analysis", reports that obesity costs £1.3 trillion, or 2.8% of annual economic activity worldwide. It suggests that no single solution creates sufficient impact to reverse obesity, only a comprehensive, systemic programme of multiple interventions is likely to be effective.

NICE update on preventing type 2 diabetes: population and community-level interventions

NICE has published an evidence update on preventing type 2 diabetes: population and community-level interventions.

The evidence update on preventing type 2 diabetes: population and community-level interventions was published by NICE in October 2014. It includes commentary from the EUAG on 12 new articles (relevant to NICE public health guidance 35), covering the following topics: Modelling diabetes prevention policies: population-based and high-risk strategies Barriers and facilitators to exercise among older adults of South Asian origin Dietary interventions for weight loss and cardiovascular risk reduction in black people of African ancestry Mass media campaigns to promote physical activity Food taxes and subsidies to promote healthier food purchases Workplace health-promotion programmes Community interventions to increase physical activity Increasing physical activity among women with socioeconomic disadvantage Cost-effectiveness of training lay health workers in deprived communities

Better health for London's children: Technical pack. October 2014

This document contains the evidence base to support the Commission's review of health and care for London's children and young people.

New data added to the Adult Physical Activity Factsheet 2014

Data from the latest Active People Survey 7/8 2013 has now been included in our adult physical activity factsheet. For the latest information please visit the factsheets page