Health statistics in Brent

Childhood obesity

Childhood obesity rates in Brent are worryingly high and show no signs of improvement.

The most recent figures show that over 11 per cent of Brent children in reception are obese and 24 per cent of children in year 6. In England, the average rate of obese reception year pupils in 2012/13 was nine per cent and 19 per cent for year 6 pupils.

Childhood obesity is the single biggest predictor of adulthood obesity and can increase the risk factors for many clinical conditions throughout a person’s whole life cycle. The proportions of children who are overweight are disappointingly high over the past three years.

Adult obesity and diabetes

Half of our population is overweight and an estimated one in five of our population is obese. Rates of diabetes are high in Brent and expected to rise.

Over 24,000 people are recorded as having a diagnosis of diabetes on GP registers. At nearly eight per cent of Brent's population, this is well above the England average of 6 per cent but, as it is estimated that one in four people with diabetes in London are undiagnosed, the true burden of disease is likely to be greater. By 2015, it is estimated that nearly 15 per cent of people aged 15 and over in Brent will have diabetes.

Adult obesity is a major risk factor for many conditions including heart disease, stroke, depression, high blood pressure, many forms of cancer and joint problems. It also increases the risk of type 2 diabetes (fivefold in men and twelvefold in women), raised blood pressure and bowel cancer.

Childhood dental health

46 per cent of 5 year olds had one or more decayed, missing or filled teeth in 2012. Brent performs worse than both the England average which was 27.9 per cent and the London average of 32.9 per cent.