Obesity Data and Tools

Weight Management Economic Assessment Tool June 2016

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

Download the User Guide

Download the Excel Weight Management e-Tool


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.

Click here to view NCMP Local Authority Profile

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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

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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).

View the excess weight data in the PHOF online tool

We have also produced a breakdown of LA data by BMI category: underweight, healthy weight, overweight, obese and excess weight.

Download the data in an Excel spreadsheet

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.

Download: Guide to online tools for valuing physical activity, sport and obesity programmes

Adult Obesity 1993-2010

Adult Obesity 1993-2011

A dynamic map displaying geographic trends in obesity prevalence for males and females aged 16+ from 1993 to 2011.

Click here to view Adult Obesity 1993-2011