Over a two year period (2013/14 to 2014/15) half of Hackney and the City residents giving birth at the Homerton  were of a ‘healthy weight’ at their booking visit, while 28% were overweight and 19% were obese (Figure 6). The median body mass index (BMI)D was 24 (i.e. at the upper end of the healthy range) and the mean BMIE was 25 (i.e. at the lower end of the overweight range).

Figure 6: BMI of Hackney and the City residents at booking for Homerton births (pooled 2013/14-2014/15)

Figure 6: BMI of Hackney and the City residents at booking for Homerton births (pooled 2013/14-2014/15)

Source: Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (HUHFT)

Notes: Presented at BMI increments of 0.5 kg/m2, with the exception of BMIs of 40+, which have been smoothed to increments of 1 kg/m2 due to small numbers.

For this indicator, data are available on City of London women giving birth at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).  Table 5 shows that more of the women from the City of London who delivered at UCLH were of a healthy weight than Hackney women who delivered at the Homerton.

Table 5: Maternal BMI for deliveries at the Homerton and UCLH (pooled 2013/14-2014/15)

Deliveries BMI HUHFT births

(Hackney)

UCLH births (City)
Underweight <18.5 3% <10%
Healthy weight 18.5-24.9 51% 75%
Overweight 25-29.9 28% 16%
Obese or very obeseF 30+ 19% <10%

Source: HUHFT, UCLH

Note: Numbers <5 per year for City of London births at UCLH were suppressed.

Notes

  1. The median BMI refers to the value for which half of women have a lower BMI and half of women have a higher BMI.
  2. The mean BMI is what is commonly referred to as the ‘average’, being the sum of all BMIs divided by the number of mothers.
  3. Very obese is defined as a BMI of 40 or greater.
  4. The median BMI refers to the value for which half of women have a lower BMI and half of women have a higher BMI.
  5. The mean BMI is what is commonly referred to as the ‘average’, being the sum of all BMIs divided by the number of mothers.
  6. Very obese is defined as a BMI of 40 or greater.