Obesity has now been acknowledged to be one of the most serious public health problems facing the UK.  From an economic perspective, predictions are for sharp rises in the cost to the taxpayer for treating obesity and related chronic illness.  People who are obese die on average nine years earlier than those of normal weight.  It is estimated that approximately 26% of the Kent adult population is obese.

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Our resources

Our resources

Data and reports

The following analysis is of local childhood weight data gathered through the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP):

We have produced an obesity health needs assessment (PDF, 5.8 MB), and a childhood weight health needs assessment for Kent.

We have also produced an analysis of the overlap between obesity, alcohol and smoking (PDF, 636.3 KB).

We have analysed uptake of the 2016 Change4Life local campaign (PDF, 908.9 KB) and the 2016 Change4Life Sugar Smart campaign (PDF, 1.1 MB) in Kent.

We have produced literature reviews that examine evidence for engaging with minority groups in weight management programmes and examining the relationship between weight and unemployment.

Finally, we have also analysed the adult lifestyle weight management and family weight management (Tier 2) programmes commissioned by Kent County Council.

External resources

External resources

A number of organisations produce statistics relating to obesity and its impact on health, both at national and local level.