Children who are overweight and obese, aged 2 to 15

Source: NHS Digital

Base: Children aged 2-15 with a valid height and weight measurement

The proportion of children (aged 2 to 15) who were overweight or obese increased between 1995 and 2004, from 25% to 34%. In 2019, 30% of children were overweight or obese.

Notes: Body mass index (BMI) is defined as weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in metres. The UK National BMI centiles have been used to define ‘overweight’ and ‘obese’ in children as at or above the 85th and 95th BMI centiles respectively of the 1990 reference population. The centiles take into account the gender of the child and their age on the day of measurement. 

Year-on-year fluctuations may not indicate real changes and can be within the margins of sampling error. We comment only on the changes that are more likely to reflect a real change.

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