Obesity: Children

Health written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Labour, Regent's Park and Kensington North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of children in (a) each London borough and (b) English region were obese in the most recent year for which figures are available.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The information requested is not available in the exact format requested.

The national child measurement programme provides the most comprehensive data on obesity among children aged 4-5 and 10-11 years; now in its third year, it has produced one of the largest collections of data on children's height and weight in the world. The most recent available data, broken down by London local authority and strategic health authority (SHA) in England, can be found, respectively, in table C on pages 39 to 40 and table B on page 38, National Child Measurement Programme: 2006-07 school year, headline results, which was published on 21 February 21 2008. Copies of this publication have already been placed in the Library.

Further information on the percentage of children in England who are obese, for ages two to 15 years, broken down by Government Office Region and SHA in England, is collected in the Health Survey for England. The most recent available data for children can be found in Tables 2.3 and 2.11, pages 36 and 43, Health Survey for England 2006: Volume 2 Obesity and other risk factors in children, which was published on 31 January 2008. Copies of this publication have already been placed in the Library.

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