Since 1980 the prevalence of obesity in Great Britain in adults has almost trebled. Latest figures show that 23% of men and 25% of women were obese in 2002. In children, obesity prevalence is lower but the increase in the prevalence of overweight is similar to the rise in obesity in adults. Data from national surveys also show that there are marked differences in the prevalence of obesity that underpin health inequalities. Obesity is higher in low social classes, some ethnic minority groups particularly from South Asia and in Scotland and Wales relative to England.

Original publication

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-789X.2005.00164.x

Type

Journal article

Journal

Obes Rev

Publication Date

02/2005

Volume

6

Pages

11 - 12

Keywords

Adolescent, Adult, Ethnic Groups, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Obesity, Prevalence, Social Class, United Kingdom