Statistics on obesity, activity and diet
NHS Digital has collated the latest statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet. Using physical activity data from the Active Lives Survey for adults and the Health Survey for England, 2015 for children, this slide set presents key data on the prevalence of physical activity for adults and children in England.
- In 2015/16, 26% of adults were classified as inactive (fewer than 30 minutes physical activity a week).
- 61% of adults were classified as active (150 minutes or more a week).
- Inactivity figures increased with age.
- Females (27%) were more likely to be inactive than males (24%).
- People from Asian, Black and Chinese ethnic groups were more likely to be inactive than those from White and Mixed ethnic groups.
- The highest inactivity rates for adults were in South Tyneside, Leicester, Barking & Dagenham and Rochdale. The lowest levels of inactivity were Wokingham and Brighton and Hove.
- The proportion of boys who met the guidelines increased from 21% in 2012, to 23% in 2015.
- The proportion of girls who met the guidelines increased from 16% in 2012 to 20% in 2015.