Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet - England, 2013 report published by the Information Centre today

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This statistical report presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources.

Key facts
· The proportion of adults with a normal BMI decreased between 1993 and 2011 from 41 per cent to 34 per cent among men and from 50 per cent to 39 per cent among women.

· The proportion that were overweight including obese increased from 58 per cent to 65 per cent in men and from 49 per cent to 58 per cent in women between 1993 and 2011

· There was a marked increase in the proportion of adults that were obese from 13 per cent in 1993 to 24 per cent in 2011 for men and from 16 per cent to 26 per cent for women.

· In 2011/12 15.5 million adults participated in sport at least once a week for 30 minutes at moderate intensity. This equated to 36 per cent of adults (41 per cent of men and 31 per cent of women).

· Household purchases of fresh and processed fruit are on a downward trend since 2008 and are 4.1 per cent lower despite a rise in 2011.

· Over the period 2001/02 to 2011/12 in almost every year more than twice as many females than males were admitted to hospital with a primary diagnosis of obesity. In 2011/12 almost three times as many women as men were admitted with a primary diagnosis of obesity (8,740 women compared to 2,993 men).

· North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA) had the highest rate of admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity (56 admissions per 100,000 population) followed by the East Midlands SHA (39 admissions per 100,000 population) and London (33 admissions per 100,000 population). East of England SHA had the lowest rate (12 admissions per 100,000 population).

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