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obesity69.0% of adults in Gateshead have excess weight [Chart - Adult excess weight] according to survey data.[1] This is significantly worse than the England average of 61.3%.

A local survey conducted in 2016 (Adult Health and Lifestyle Survey) showed variation in excess weight for men. For example, whilst 75% of men aged 35 to 64 and 74% aged 65+ are overweight or obese, this compares surveyswith just 40% of those aged under 35. The rate for women aged 35 to 64 is much higher at 58%, but the proportion does not differ in the older age bands for women, at 54% and 58% respectively.[2]

The local survey also asked about self-perception of weight. Of those who were overweight or obese (based on the measurements they provided), 92% realised they were in that weight zone. In addition, 92% said they would like to lose weight.[2]

childfemale9.6% of 4-5 year olds and 24.6% of 10-11 year olds living in Gateshead were obese in 2016/17 [Chart - Child obesity aged 4-5] [Chart - Child obesity aged 10-11].[3] The proportion for 4 -5 year olds is the same as the England average of 9.6%. However, the proportion for 10-11 year olds is significantly higher than the England average of 20.0%.

Obese children 4-5 yearsObese children 10-11 years

Of children attending Gateshead schools, 22.0% of 4-5 year olds and 38.5% of 10-11 year olds were classified as overweight or obese (excess weight).[4] Whilst the proportion for 4-5 year olds is similar to the England average of 22.6%, the proportion for 10-11 year olds is significantly higher than the England average of 34.2% [Chart - Child excess weight aged 4-5] [Chart - Child excess weight aged 10-11].

Child obesity data at ward level suggests that there are variations across Gateshead, with higher rates in a number of the more deprived areas and lower levels in less deprived areas. This is particularly noteworthy in Felling, Deckham, Pelaw & Heworth, Windy Nook & Whitehills, and Dunston & Teams at year 6, which all have excess weight rates 41%.[5] [Map - Ward child excess weight at reception] [Map - Ward child excess weight at Year 6].[6]

inequalityInequalities studies suggest that overweight and obesity is more prevalent in more deprived areas. This is demonstrated in both the national deprivation profile of adults who are overweight or obese [Chart - Adult excess weight deprivation profile][1] and the local deprivation profile of children attending Gateshead schools at both age 4-5 and age 10-11 [Chart - Child excess weight aged 4-5 deprivation profile] [Chart - Child excess weight aged 10-11 deprivation profile].[4]

See also: Icon for pdf 'Health and Lifestyle Survey 2016' [665.13KB]Icon for pdf 'Lifestyle Behaviours Survey 2012' [3.7MB]


[1] Active Lives Survey, Sport England, 2015/16 (Health Profiles website)

[2] Health and Lifestyle Survey, Gateshead Council, 2016

[3] NCMP, HSCIC, 2016/17 (NCMP Local Authority Profile website)

[4] NCMP, HSCIC, 2016/17 (PHOF website)

[5] NCMP, NHS Digital, 2014/15 - 2016/17 (GOV.uk website)

[6] NCMP, NHS Digital, 2013/14 - 2015/16 (Local Health website)

Last modified on 7th November 2018

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