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Excess weight (overweight and obese) is a key public health issue, posing a major health challenge and risk to future health and wellbeing and life expectancy in County Durham.  The World Health Organisation (WHO) regards childhood obesity as one of the most serious global health challenges for the 21st century.

In childhood, excess weight can directly cause mobility problems, hypertension and abnormalities in glucose metabolism. In addition there may be emotional issues related to low self-esteem.

Obesity levels are rising both locally and nationally. This will have profound long-term consequences for the health and wellbeing of our communities in County Durham.

Factsheet: Excess weight in children (PDF, 730kb)

Key messages

  • In 2016/17 the percentages of children aged 4-5 years (24.1%) and 10-11 years (37.7%) classified as overweight and obese are higher than the England average. (22.6% and 34.2% respectively).
  • The distribution of excess weight and obesity is unequal – it is higher in the more deprived areas of County Durham than the least deprived areas for both age groups.

Director of Public Health Report

Links to data

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