Adult obesity indicators

The Active Lives Adult Survey conducted by Sport England collects data on self-reported height and weight among adults aged 18 years and over in Local Authority areas across England. The Office for Health Improvement and Disparities uses this data to produce estimates of adult excess weight prevalence for the Public Health Outcomes Framework. The data is adjusted at an individual level to better align with measured height and weight and then age standardised to improve comparability between local authorities.

Details of the self-report adjustment and age-standardisation are available in the definitions tab within the profile.

Prevalence of obesity, and excess weight (overweight including obesity) can be examined in this profile at local authority level. Comparisons can be made between areas and over time for data from 2015 to 2016 to 2020 to 2021. These indicators are usually updated annually in May each year.

Where available, in the Inequalities Data view, data is presented split by:

  • age
  • sex
  • ethnic group
  • disability
  • area deprivation
  • working status
  • level of education
  • socioeconomic class

Local authority data on obesity in early pregnancy is also presented in the profile.