Two thirds of adults and a third of children are obese or overweight in England. Obesity remains the top public health priority with associated health conditions costing the NHS more than £5 billion a year. In 2011 the government acknowledged the scale of the problem publishing ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People: A call to action on obesity in England’. However in recent months the headlines have been dominated by the OECD report ‘Obesity and the Economics of Prevention’ that discovered the obesity rates in the UK are the highest in Europe.
The proportion of people overweight in England was projected to rise a further 10% in the next ten years. Helping people to make healthier choices is a complex issue that requires action from across multiple sectors. Public Health England have launched two ‘Healthy people, healthy places’ briefings outlining the role of the environment and the importance of action on obesity. With a growing obesity crisis and people living longer the sustainability of our public services depend on sectors working together to develop an effective strategy.
At Obesity and Related Conditions: Taking Action, Improving Outcomes we will explore successful initiatives to improve the nation’s health bringing together key stakeholders from local and national government, the NHS, education, industry and the community and voluntary sector.
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