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Obesity: Children

Health written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the number of children in each age group who were classified as (a) overweight and (b) obese (i) in Southend, (ii) in each borough in (A) Essex, (B) Kent and (C) Greater London and (iii) nationally in each year since 2012.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information about children who are overweight and obese is not available for the years requested. The latest available information is provided through the National Child Measurement Programme and the Health Survey for England. Neither source can be used to provide information in the format requested.

Information on the prevalence of overweight and obese children in England and by region and local authority is available through the National Child Measurement Programme in tables 3A and 3B in the excel file accompanying ‘National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2011/12 school year’. However, this information is only available for children in Reception year (four to five years) and year 6 (10 to 11 years). This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB09283

Information showing the prevalence of children (aged two to 15) who are overweight and obese is available in Table 4 of the Child trend tables from ‘Health Survey for England—2011 trend tables’. This information is available at:

www.hscic.gov.uk/catalogue/PUB09302

The information contained in the tables referenced has already been placed in the Library.

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