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UK: Health trends survey shows continuing rise in obesity

The latest Health Survey for England finds that nearly one in four men and women in England were obese in 2004 and that adult obesity levels in England have doubled in the past decade.

It also has information on children: since 1995, mean BMI has increased among boys (from 17.6 to 18.1) and girls (from 18.0 to 18.4) in those aged 2-15 years. This rise, although small, is nevertheless an indicator that children in England are on average getting bigger.

Source: NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre website

Published on December 16, 2005 in International news