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  • Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet
  • Obesity Statistics by Age and Gender
  • Public Health England Obesity Map
  • Obesity Statistics in UK
  • Health Survey for England
  • Percentage of Obese in the UK


  • Obesity
  • Statistics on Obesity
  • Obesity Treatment
  • UK Obesity
  • Obesity Related to Hospital Admissions
  • UK Obesity Rate
  • UK Obesity Statistics
  • Obesity in Europe
  • Obesity in the UK

UK Obesity Related Hospital Admissions By Age and Gender

This dataset consists of information on hospital admissions relating to being obese based on patient’s gender and age. Data is taken from the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) databank produced by NHS Digital.

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The association between obesity and increased risk of many serious diseases and mortality is well documented and has led to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) developing guidelines on identifying and treating obesity.

Three measures are presented for the number of obesity-related hospital admissions:
– NHS hospital finished admission episodes with a primary diagnosis of obesity (admissions directly attributed to obesity).
– NHS hospital finished admission episodes with a primary or secondary diagnosis of obesity (admissions where obesity was a factor).
– NHS hospital finished consultant episodes with a primary diagnosis of obesity, and a primary or secondary procedure for bariatric surgery (obesity-related bariatric surgery).

Admissions directly attributed to obesity: In 2015/16 there were 9,929 Finished Admission Episodes (FAEs) in NHS hospitals with a primary diagnosis of obesity. Around 3 in every 4 patients were female (74%).

Admissions where obesity was a factor: In 2015/16 there were 525 thousand admissions in NHS hospitals where obesity was recorded as the primary or secondary diagnosis. This is an increase of 19% on 2014/15. Around 2 in every 3 patients were female (67%).

Admissions by age group: For admissions directly attributed to obesity the majority of patients were aged between 35 and 64 (69%). For admissions where obesity was a factor, the age distribution was more uniform.

Following information needs to be considered when working with this dataset: ONS_Code: E92000001, ODS Organizational Code: ENG, ODS Organizational Name: England

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John Snow Labs; Office for National Statistics (ONS), NHS Digital, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA);

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Obesity, Statistics on Obesity, Obesity Treatment, UK Obesity, Obesity Related to Hospital Admissions, UK Obesity Rate, UK Obesity Statistics, Obesity in Europe, Obesity in the UK

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Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, Obesity Statistics by Age and Gender, Public Health England Obesity Map, Obesity Statistics in UK, Health Survey for England, Percentage of Obese in the UK

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Name Description Type Constraints
Temporal_CoverageFinancial year range within which the episode finishedstringrequired : 1
Measure_ClassificationClassification of the measure by which the Patient_Demographics can be broken down. FAE_Primary_Obesity: Finished Admission Episodes with a primary diagnosis of Obesity. FAE_PrimarySecondary_Obesity: Finished Admission Episodes with a primary or secondary diagnosis of obesity. FCE_PrimarySecondary_Obesity_Bariatric: Finished Consultant Episodes with a primary diagnosis of obesity and a main or secondary procedure of 'Bariatric Surgery'.stringrequired : 1
Patient_DemographicsDemographic by which the data is presented (gender or age group)stringrequired : 1
Demographics_BreakdownBreakdown of patient demographicsstringrequired : 1
Hospital_AdmissionsNumber of hospital admissions for each demographic breakdown.integerlevel : Ratio

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Temporal CoverageMeasure ClassificationPatient DemographicsDemographics BreakdownHospital Admissions
2015-2016FAE_Primary_ObesityGenderAll persons9929
2014-2015FAE_Primary_ObesityGenderAll persons9130
2013-2014FAE_Primary_ObesityGenderAll persons9325
2012-2013FAE_Primary_ObesityGenderAll persons10957