Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England, 2012 - report published

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This statistical report published by the NHS 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
■Health outcomes of being overweight or obese.

Key facts from the report:
■In 2010, just over a quarter of adults (26 per cent of both men and women aged 16 or over) in England were classified as obese (BMI 30kg/m2 or over). For the same period, around three in ten boys and girls (aged 2 to 15) were classed as either overweight or obese (31 per cent and 29 per cent respectively).
■In 2010, 41 per cent of respondents (aged 2+) said they made walks of 20 minutes or more at least 3 times a week and an additional 23 per cent said they did so at least once or twice a week in Great Britain (GB). However, 20 per cent of respondents reported that they took walks of at least 20 minutes "less than once a year or never" in GB.
■In 2010, 25 per cent of men and 27 per cent of women consumed the recommended five or more portions of fruit and vegetables daily.
■The number of Finished Admission Episodes (FAEs) in NHS hospitals with a primary diagnosis of obesity among people of all ages was 11,574 in 2010/11. This is over ten times as high as the number in 2000/01 (1,054).
■In 2010, there were 1.1 million prescription items for the treatment of obesity, a 24 per cent decrease on the previous year when 1.4 million items were dispensed. This is the first recorded decrease in seven years.

To read the report and download the assoicated data tables click here