Table 2

Prevalence of severe obesity (≥99.6th centile UK90) by broad ethnic group, school year and sex (including 95% CIs)

School yearEthnic groupPrevalence, %nPrevalence lower 95% CIPrevalence upper 95% CI
10–11 year oldsAsian4.3873534.294.48
Black6.3956596.236.55
Chinese2.271291.922.69
Mixed4.4729204.314.63
Other5.0014774.765.26
White3.1240 0543.093.15
4–5 year oldsAsian3.4169023.333.49
Black4.4647784.344.58
Chinese2.361712.042.74
Mixed2.5824052.482.68
Other3.1610922.983.35
White1.8326 4391.811.86
  • Data source: National Child Measurement Programme 2009/2010–2012/2013 combined.Ethnic groups were combined as follows: Asian: any other Asian background; Bangladeshi; Indian; Pakistani; Black: any other black background; black—African; black—Caribbean; Chinese: Chinese; Mixed: any other mixed background; white and Asian; white and black African; white and black Caribbean; Other: any other ethnic group; White: any other white background; white—British; white—Irish.