Childhood obesity by London borough

Childhood obesity for children in Year 6 by London borough (2008/09 and 2018/19)

Childhood obesity is more prevalent in London than England overall. In 2018/19, some 23.2% of children in Year 6 were considered obese in London, compared to 20.2% in England. 

Over the last decade, the prevalence of childhood obesity has risen by 1.9 percentage points in both London and England overall. The majority of boroughs had a higher prevalence of childhood obesity than England overall in both 2008/09 and 2018/19. 

Public Health England’s latest figures in 2018/19 show that Barking and Dagenham has the highest proportion of childhood obesity out of all London boroughs at 29.6%. The borough also had the largest rise in childhood obesity since 2008/09 (a 5.5 percentage point increase). At the other end of the scale, 10.7% of Year 6 children in Richmond upon Thames are obese, and this rate has fallen by nearly a percentage point since 2008/09.

Whilst the majority of boroughs saw rates of childhood obesity rise between 2008/09 and 2018/19, six boroughs saw rates decline. Kingston upon Thames experienced the greatest decline in childhood obesity with a 2.3 percentage point decrease within the decade, from 16% to 13.7%. Others have experienced slight or no change at all; for example, the rate of childhood obesity in Westminster remained at 24.2%.