Key Issues (January 2015)
Estimates based upon the Health Survey for England data suggest the number of obese adults in Wirral is somewhere in the region of 60,000 to 68,000 people.
The number of people who are either overweight or obese is 164,000 (more than half of the Wirral population). This means there are more people of an unhealthy weight in Wirral than there are of a healthy weight. This number could be approaching two-thirds of our local population according to Active People Survey results
Obesity is more prevalent amongst women compared to men
Overweight is more prevalent amongst men
Obesity and overweight are both more prevalent in deprived populations. This trend is particularly marked in women, where the social class gradient results in higher levels of obesity (compared to men) in more deprived groups
Four out of five (80%) of obese children go on to become obese adults
Actual ‘real’ data on adults in Wirral is lacking. There is a GP QOF register for obesity, but not all obese patients will visit their GP every 15 months to be recorded
Adult obesity appears to be stabilising after around 20 years of rising prevalence, but rates are still double what they were in 1993 and there is no sign of reversal.
Current levels of overweight and obesity are likely to have serious consequences with potential increases in prevalence of diabetes, CVD, some cancers and musculoskeletal conditions etc. which will be extremely costly if not tackled
Evidence supports prevention as the most cost-effective strategy. Overweight and obesity are now so common, population level action is required.
Adult Obesity - Published - January 2015
Adult Obesity - Previous version from July 2014 (Next planned refresh - Summer 2015)
Key information sources for you to consider:
Health and social care outcomes frameworks (Collection)
Public Health England Data and Knowledge Gateway
NHS Information Centre
JSNA other useful sources of information
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