Excess weight and obesity (children)

What are the key inequalities?

While everyone is susceptible to obesity, levels are disproportionally higher in the lower socio-demographic, socially disadvantaged groups and some ethnic groups. Nationally, there is an almost linear relationship between obesity prevalence in children and the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2010 (IMD) decile for the area where they live. Child obesity prevalence in the most deprived tenth of local areas is almost double that in the least deprived tenth. Obesity is four times more common in Asian children than white children.

Last updated Tuesday, 11th April 2017