5 May, 2016

Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet

HSCIC | 28 April 2016

Key facts

  • In 2014/15, more than 1 in 5 children in Reception, and 1 in 3 children in Year 6 were measured as obese or overweight. Children in most deprived areas are twice as likely to be obese than children in least deprived areas.
  • In 2014/15, there were 6,032 Finished Consultant Episodes (FCE’s) in NHS hospitals with a primary diagnosis of obesity and a main or secondary procedure of bariatric surgery.

  • In 2014, 519,000 items were prescribed for the treatment of obesity in primary care in England. That is 8% less than in 2013 when 563,000 items were prescribed.

  • The net ingredient cost (NIC) of these prescription items was £15m in 2014, half the 2011 figure.

  • In 2014/15, 36% of adults (16+) played sport at least once a week. 57% did not play any sport in the 28 days prior to being surveyed.