Healthy weight

Healthy weight

National

  • Levels of obesity in England have trebled since the 1980s.
  • In England in 2005, 22.1% of men and 24.3% of women were classified as obese and almost two thirds of all adults were either overweight or obese.
  • The Foresight Report (2007) forecast that without action, by 2050, 60% of men and 40% of women could be obese and obesity related diseases could cost an extra £45.5 billion per year.
  • The UK infant feeding survey (2005) reported a 78% rise in prevalence for breastfeeding and data from maternity units reported through the NHS omnibus survey reported prevalence of 70% for 2007/8.
  • The UK infant feeding survey also reported the prevalence for sustaining breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks of 50% in England.
  • Data from the health survey for England (2011) shows that across England, 26.3% of adults consume five or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
  • The annual survey of school sport partnerships reports that across England, 90% of 5-16 year olds spend at least two hours per week on high quality PE and school sport.
  • The active people survey reports that 10.8% of adults throughout England participate in moderate intensity sport and active recreation five or more times per week.

Regional

  • In the absence of robust local data, synthetic estimates based on the health survey for England are used to compare smoking prevalence in adults (aged 16 years and above) at regional level and these show, that for 2003-2005, estimated obesity prevalence for the North East region was 23.6%.
  • The NHS omnibus survey reported a North East prevalence for breastfeeding initiation of 54% in 2008/09.
  • Data form the health survey for England for 2003-2005 shows that across the North East 18.5% of adults consume five or more portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
  • The annual survey of school sport partnerships reports that across the North East 90.5% of 5-16 year olds spent at least two hours per week on high quality PE and school sport.
  • The active people survey reports that 10.6% of adults across the North East participate in moderate intensity sport and active recreation five or more times per week.

Local

  • In the absence of robust local data, synthetic estimates based on the health survey for England are used to compare smoking prevalence in adults (aged 16 years and over) in local authorities. These show that for 2003-2005 estimated obesity prevalence for Northumberland was 26.0%, however looking at the former districts of Northumberland estimated prevalence ranged from 22.0% in Tynedale to 27.8% in Wansbeck.
  • Northumberland also has an average estimated adult obesity prevalence when compared to similar PCTs (using the prospering smaller towns group of the ONS area classification).
  • Local commitment to the national child measurement programme (NCMP) continues to provide annual data on childhood obesity for children in reception class (aged four to five years) and Year six (aged 10-11 years). Coverage rates have improved year on year across Northumberland so that in 2008/09 94% of eligible children in reception class and 89% of eligible children in Year 6 were height/weight measured. Data for 2008/09 show that:
    • 14.7% of children height/weight measured across the county were found to be obese. This included 9.8% of reception class children (NI 55) and 16.8% of Year six children (NI 56).
    • There has been a slight increase in those recorded as being ‘overweight’ (15.0% of reception class children and 14.4% of year six children), possibly due to the drop in obesity, indicating a need to increase our early years work.
    • While all children who are obese are of concern, obesity in boys increases dramatically from reception to year six.
    • There is a strong correlation between obesity rates and areas that experience greater levels of disadvantage, e.g. Hirst, Seaton Valley.
    • Northumberland has a relatively high obesity prevalence for reception class children and an average obesity prevalence for year six children when compared to similar PCTs (using the prospering smaller towns group of the ONS area classification).
  • The NHS omnibus survey reported a Northumberland prevalence for breastfeeding initiation of 58% in 2008/09.
  • At 38.9%, breastfeeding sustaining rates at six to eight weeks after birth are below the national average (NI 53), and inequalities exist within the county with rates in the south east corner being significantly lower than the county average.
  • Northumberland has a relatively low reported prevalence of breastfeeding at six to eight weeks after birth when compared to similar PCTs (using the prospering smaller towns group of the ONS area classification)
  • Data from the health survey for England for 2003-2005 shows that across Northumberland 20.0% of adults consume five or more portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
  • Northumberland has the lowest estimated prevalence of healthy eating (eating five a day fruit and vegetables) when compared to similar PCTs (using the prospering smaller towns group of the ONS area classification)
  • Data form the health survey for England for 2003-2005 shows that across the North East 18.5% of adults consume five or more portions of fruit and vegetables each day.
  • The annual survey of school sport partnerships reports that across the Northumberland 90.7% of five-16 year olds spent at least two hours per week on high quality PE and school sport.
  • Northumberland has an average percentage of school children participating in at least two hours of high quality physical activity per week when compared to similar PCTs (using the prospering smaller towns group of the ONS area classification)
  • The active people survey reports that 11.2% of adults across Northumberland participate in moderate intensity sport and active recreation five or more times per week.
  • An average percentage of adults across Northumberland participate in moderate intensity sport and active recreation five or more times per week when compared to similar PCTs (using the prospering smaller towns group of the ONS area classification).
  • 90% of Northumberland’s schools have achieved the healthy schools standard, and significantly more Northumberland pupils can access two hours or more PE than is the case nationally