Public Health England have released obesity data collected on the Active People Survey.

The data is based on adjusted, self-reported height and weight measurements which have been collected via questions in the Active People Survey by Sport England since January 2012. This provides data to monitor excess weight in adults (aged 16 years and over) at local authority level for the Public Health Outcomes Framework. PHE has undertaken extensive analysis of the data to ensure it provides a high quality and robust indicator of the prevalence of excess weight among the adult population.

The Active People Survey is conducted by Kantar Public for Sport England. On an annual basis the survey interviews 162,500 adults aged 16+ in England, achieving a minimum of 500 interviews in each Local Authority. The survey is a random sample telephone survey that measures participation in sport and recreational activity among the 14+ population in England. The survey also measures sports and recreational club membership; involvement in organised sports competition; receipt of sports tuition; coaching; sports volunteering; fruit and vegetable consumption and height and weight. Further information is available on request.

The Public Health England press release can be found here.

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