Facts about the UK's growing obesity crisis

The United Kingdom is facing a growing obesity crisis. Credit: PA

This week, ITV News is looking at obesity levels across the nation as figures reveal that the UK is the second most obese country in Europe.


  • 19.1% of children in Year 6 (aged 10-11) are obese and a further 14.2% are overweight.

  • Of children in Reception (aged 4-5), 9.1% are obese and another 12.8% are overweight.

  • This means a third of 10-11 year-olds and over a fifth of 4-5 year-olds are overweight or obese.

Source: Public Health England

The UK's growing obesity crisis means that by 2030:


of men in UK will be overweight


of women in UK will be overweight


of men and 33% of women are predicted to be obese.

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The treatment of diabetes is very expensive for the NHS.
  • The cost of diabetes to the NHS is over £1.5m an hour or 10% of the NHS budget for England and Wales.


is being spent by the NHS on diabetes every minute

  • In total, an estimated £14 billion pounds is spent a year on treating diabetes and its complications, with the cost of treating complications representing the much higher cost.


the prevalence of diabetes is estimated to rise to this figure by 2025


There is a wide-spread drive to tackle childhood obesity in the UK. Credit: Reuters
  • Obesity prevalence for children living in the most deprived areas is double that of those living in the least deprived areas.

  • The obesity prevalence among reception year children living in the most deprived areas was 12.0 per cent compared with 5.7 per cent among those living in the least deprived areas.

  • In year 6 these figures were 25.0 and 11.5 respectively.

  • The difference in obesity prevalence between children attending schools in the most and least deprived areas has increased over time.

  • In 2014/15, the difference for reception year was 5.5 percentage points compared to 4.6 percentage points in 2007/08.

  • The equivalent figures for year 6 were 12.0 and 8.9 percentage points.

Source: National Child Measurement Programme


  • The South East, South West, East of England and East Midlands had lower obesity prevalence than the national average in both school years.

  • The West Midlands, London and the North East had higher obesity prevalence in both school years.

  • Obesity prevalence varied by local authority. For reception age this ranged from 4.2 percent in Richmond upon Thames to 13.6 per cent in Newham.

  • In year 6, the range was from 10.5 per cent in Richmond upon Thames, to 27.8 percent in Southwark.