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Child obesity international comparisons data factsheet

Authors/ source/ publisher
Public Health England Obesity
Date added to library 05 October 2016
Year published
This series of factsheets (previously known as Key Data Briefings) compiles up-to-date key information and data about obesity and its determinants in an easily readable format. The data factsheets will be a useful resource for policy makers, practitioners and anyone with an interest in obesity. 
Key Findings: 
[1] Worldwide, the proportion of children and young people classified as overweight or obese has increased since 1980. In developed countries prevalence has risen during this period from 16.9% of boys and 16.2% of girls to 23.8% of boys and 22.6% of girls 
[2] The UK ranks 9th for overweight prevalence (including obesity) in children (aged 2 to 19 years) out of the 34 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries when International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) body mass index (BMI) thresholds are applied (Figure 1) 
[3] When boys and girls are considered separately, the proportion of overweight or obese boys in the UK is 15th highest (26.1%) and for girls is 4th highest (29.2%) out of the 34 OECD countries (Table 3)