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Level of need in the population

Background papers: Lifestyle and wider determinants :: Healthy weight :: Obesity :: Level of need in the population

Adult prevalence in Medway

The Public Health Outcomes Framework uses an indicator from Sports England's Active Lives survey to report the percentage of adults classified as overweight and obese (excess weight). The most recent data for Medway (2016/17) indicates that 64.6% of Medway adults are overweight or obese, which is statistically similar to the national average (England: 61.3%). The percentage of adults classified as overweight and obese in Medway has decreased since 2015/16 (67.8%). This indicator is based on self-reported measures of height and weight, which may be less accurate than measured data.

Childhood prevalence in Medway

The NCMP Local Authority Profile publishes annual overweight and obesity data for children from the National Child Measurement Programme. The most recent data for Medway (2016/17) shows that 10.2% of reception age children (4-5 years old) are obese, which is statistically similar to the national average (England: 9.6%). The prevalence of obesity in reception age children has been decreasing in Medway since 2008/09 (11.9%).

In 2016/17, 21.0% of year 6 children (10-11 years old) in Medway were classified as obese, which is statistically similar to the national average (England: 20.0%). The prevalence of obesity in year 6 children in Medway has increased since 2012/13 (17.2%).

Data from NCMP is likely to be more robust than the adult excess weight data, as the measurement process is overseen by trained healthcare professionals in schools.