Obesity Data and Tools
Physical Activity Data Tool
The Physical Activity tool brings together adult and child data for the whole of England on physical activity. It includes data on walking and cycling, as well related risk factors and conditions such as obesity and diabetes. The data is presented at local level to help promote physical activity; develop understanding; and support benchmarking, commissioning and service improvement.
Click here to view the Physical Activity tool
We intend to add indicators and improve the tool in future and would welcome feedback to help us do this. Please send any feedback to: email@example.com
Local Authority Adult Physical Activity Data
Updated adult physical activity indicators for 2015 are now available in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) Health Improvement domain. PHOF indicators provide local authority level data on the percentage of adults who met the Chief Medical Officer’s recommended guidelines on levels of physical activity (at least 150 minutes a week) and the percentage of individuals who were inactive (less than 30 minutes a week).
We have also produced a spreadsheet with supporting indicators at Local Authority, County Sports Partnerships, regional and national level. This includes all four frequencies of physical activity: less than 30 minutes, 30-89 minutes, 90-149 minutes and 150+ minutes per week. Additionally, national level data is presented on activity levels split by age, sex, ethnicity, disability and socioeconomic status.
Updated Weight Management Economic Assessment Tool
This tool is designed to help public health professionals make an economic assessment of existing or planned weight management interventions. Commissioners can use it to compare the costs of an intervention with potential cost savings.
The tool has been developed by Public Health England in conjunction with a panel of experts.
Published: July 2016
NCMP Local Authority Child Data Profile
Child obesity data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)2006/07 to 2014/15 are now available in an online child obesity local authority data tool.
The tool provides local authority level child data (underweight, healthy weight, obese, excess weight – overweight including obese) for Reception (aged 4–5yrs) and Year 6 (aged 10–11yrs).
The tool also presents trend data and enables easy comparison of local authority data, allowing users to compare regional neighbours and local authorities with similar characteristics. Data quality indicators are also available in the tool, for example rate of participation in the NCMP.
The tool now includes inequalities data (sex, deprivation and ethnic group) by local authority. We would welcome user feedback on this new area of the tool to help improve it in the future.
Fast food outlets by local authority
People generally have easy access to cheap, highly palatable and energy-dense food frequently lacking in nutritional value, such as fast food.
Data on density of fast food outlets by local authority are presented here in a map, along with a chart displaying the relationship between density of fast food outlets and area deprivation.
Download Report: Fast food outlets by local authority
Local Authority Adult Excess Weight Prevalence Data
New data are now available for prevalence of excess weight (overweight including obesity, BMI ≥25kg/m2) in adults (age 16 and over) at local authority level. These data are an indicator in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) Health Improvement domain. PHE first published PHOF excess weight data in February 2014 using one year of data (2012). These new figures now combine three years of data (2012, 2013 and 2014).
We have also produced a breakdown of LA data by BMI category: underweight, healthy weight, overweight, obese and excess weight.
Data tables: Electoral Ward and MSOA NCMP child obesity prevalence
These spreadsheets contain NCMP obesity prevalence data for Reception (age 4-5 years) and Year 6 (age 10-11 years) children. The ward and MSOA prevalence estimates use the latest three years of NCMP data combined. The most recent data table (2011/12 – 2013/14) uses 2014 Electoral Ward and 2011 Middle Super Output Area (MSOA) of residence with LA, GOR and England data for comparison.
Latest publication: June 2015
Download: Ward and MSOA obesity prevalence data – NCMP 2011/12 to 2013/14
Download: Ward and MSOA obesity prevalence data – NCMP 2010/11 to 2012/13
Download: Ward and MSOA obesity prevalence data – NCMP 2009/10 to 2011/12
Download: Ward and MSOA obesity prevalence data – NCMP 2008/09 to 2010/11
Guide to online tools for valuing physical activity, sport and obesity programmes
There are a number of online tools published that help the user to perform calculations to make the case for investment in the promotion of physical activity and/or the prevention of obesity. This guide summarises the available online tools and provides advice on which tool to use in which situation. The briefing will be useful to local authority practitioners wishing to make an assessment of health benefits in order to guide planning and investment decisions. This is likely to include health and social care professionals; sport and physical activity providers and planners; and transport professionals.
Adult Obesity 1993-2011
A dynamic map displaying geographic trends in obesity prevalence for males and females aged 16+ from 1993 to 2011.