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Childhood obesity by borough

Key points

  • One in four 11 year olds in Southwark, Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Westminster, Greenwich and Lambeth were obese in 2013/14.
  • The proportion of 11 year olds who are obese has risen in 23 of London's 32 boroughs.
  • The proportion of 11 year olds that are obese is higher in than the England average in 28 London boroughs.

Childhood obesity by borough

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What does this graph show?

Obesity among Year 6 students (age 11) is higher in most London boroughs than it is in England on average. Moreover, it is rising almost everywhere.

In Southwark, Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Westminster, Greenwich and Lambeth, over a quarter of 11 year olds are obese. In 2005/06, only Southwark had levels as high as this.

The only four boroughs where obesity among Year 6 pupils is below the national average are the same four that were below the national average in 2005/06 - Sutton, Kingston, Bromley and Richmond.

Generally speaking, poorer boroughs have higher levels of obesity. Though Southwark may not be the poorest borough in London, it is still above average in terms of child poverty. Moreover, Barking and Hackney, where obesity levels are also very high, have some of the highest rates of child poverty in the capital. The Health & Social Care Information Centre highlights the correlation between deprivation and childhood obesity here.

Data used

NHS Information Centre data

Indicator last updated: 29 February 2016