Table 2

Prevalence of obesity and overweight in male and female children and young adults in England by ethnic group and social class

FactorsMalesFemales
nOverweightObesitynOverweightObesity
n%n%n%n%
*All survey percentages are calculated using sample weights.
p values refer to χ2 significance tests for a difference across groups.
Age (y)
    2–44899119.2306.947611722.4254.7
    5–984917721.0485.581121827.0698.4
    10–1595421823.0464.788720322.9496.5
    16–2056112621.5406.766216123.7516.8
p = 0.46p = 0.31p = 0.21p = 0.12
Social class
    I & II79417221.6415.176917123.8538.6
    IIIn3096722.7124.13559223.5338.2
    IIIm87119222.1556.384221824.3586.0
    IV&V68314120.5446.365917526.1446.2
p = 0.88p = 0.48p = 0.79p = 0.19
Ethnic group
    General population95020621.7545.891620422.3545.8
    Afro-Caribbean3226822.6165.137311933.34713.0
    Indian3048429.6237.92676424.082.1
    Pakistani43611026.2369.045811925.7388.0
    Bangladeshi3776614.2152.83357720.7235.8
    Chinese1602314.484.71501813.021.2
    Irish3045517.3123.33379825.6228.3
p<0.0001p<0.0001p<0.0001p<0.0001
Total285361221.51645.7283669924.21946.8