Obesity Data and Tools

Data on child obesity and excess weight at small area level

These spreadsheets provide trend data on the prevalence of excess weight (overweight including obesity) from 2010/11 to 2014/15 and obesity from 2008/09 to 2014/15. Data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) is presented for 2011 Middle Super Output Areas (MSOA), 2015 Electoral Wards, 2015 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), 2013 local authorities, and England.

Published: November 2016

Download: Child obesity and excess weight – MSOA data
Download: Child obesity and excess weight – Ward data
Download: Child obesity and excess weight – CCG data
Download: Child obesity and excess weight – LA and England data

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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.

Published October 2016

Download Report: Fast food outlets by local authority

Download Data: Local authority and Ward data with notes

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Local Authority Adult Excess Weight Data

Data is now available for prevalence of excess weight (overweight including obesity, BMI ≥25kg/m2) in adults aged 16 and over, at local authority level. This data is an indicator in the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) Health Improvement domain.

The new figures combine data from 2013, 2014 and 2015. The previous year's figures combined three years of data from 2012, 2013 and 2014.

View the excess weight data in the PHOF online tool

We have also produced breakdowns of LA data by BMI category: underweight, healthy weight, overweight, obesity and excess weight.

Download the 2013-15 data in an Excel spreadsheet
Download the 2012-14 data in an Excel spreadsheet

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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: profilefeedback@phe.gov.uk

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).

View the adult physical activity data in the PHOF online tool

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.

Download the data in an Excel spreadsheet

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

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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

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