Children: Obesity

Health written question – answered on 11th January 2010.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many children under the age of 16 years old in (a) Leicester and (b) England were classified as (i) overweight and (ii) obese at the latest date for which information is available;

(2) how many children under the age of 16 years old diagnosed as diabetic were overweight or obese in each of the last five years.

Photo of Gillian Merron Gillian Merron Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health

The data are not available in the requested format.

Data showing the number of children in England who are overweight and obese have been published in the Health Survey for England-2008: trend tables. In the Population Number Estimate Tables, Table 6 contains the numbers of children aged two to 15 years old who are overweight and obese. This table is available from the following link:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/health-and-lifestyles-related-surveys/health-survey-for-england/health-survey-for-england-2008-trend-tables

A copy of the full report is available on the Information Centre website at:

www.ic.nhs.uk

Data on the number of children under 16 with diabetes who are overweight or obese are not collected centrally.

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