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ADULT OBESITY

  • the prevalence of obesity in Birmingham is highest amongst Black Caribbean men (25.1% of whom are obese), Black African men (14.9%), and Pakistani men (13.4%). Indian men also present prevalence greater than 13% (13.3%)
  • the prevalence of obesity in Birmingham is highest amongst Black Caribbean women (32.7%), Black African women (31.8%), and Pakistani women (24.5%). Indian women present prevalence of 18.9% and Bangladeshi women 14.6%
  • for comparison, the equivalent national figures are: Black Caribbean men, 25%; Black African men, 17%; Pakistani men, 15%; and Indian men, 14%
  • the equivalent national figures for women are: Black Caribbean women, 32%; Black African women, 38%; Indian women, 20%; Pakistani women, 28%; and Bangladeshi women, 17%

 

LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

  • in 2009, 8.6% of Birmingham City Council service users with learning disabilities were older than 65
  • in 2009, 73.1% of Birmingham City Council service users with learning disabilities were from White backgrounds, 2.5% were from mixed heritage backgrounds, 13.9% from Asian backgrounds, 9.1% from Black backgrounds, and 1.4% from Other backgrounds

 

PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

  • in 2009, 81.7% of physically disabled people receiving services from Birmingham City Council were White, 7.3% were Asian, 0.40% were Mixed, 8.6% were Black, 0.4% were Other, and 1.8% did not state their ethnicity

 

SOURCES AND NOTES
Adult obesity: data shows percentage of population with BMI>30. Local data taken from Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Partnership (2011) Birmingham’s Adult Obesity: Attributable Risk Factors (available here). National data taken from National Obesity Observatory (2011) Obesity and ethnicity (available here).

Learning difficulties: data shows the proportion of people on various Birmingham City Council databases used to deliver services to adult people with learning difficulties. Data is taken from Flore et al (2011) Adults & School Leavers with learning disabilities (available here).

Physical disabilities: data shows the percentage of physically disabled clients receiving services from Birmingham City Council by ethnicity. Data taken from Birmingham Health and Wellbeing Partnership (2009) Physically disabled adults (available here). See document for important caveats and notes.