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Healthy weight, healthy lives: A cross-government strategy for England

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 In England alone, nearly a quarter of men and women are now obese. The trends for children are even more cause for concern. Almost a fi fth of 2 to 5 year-olds are obese, while a further 14 per cent are overweight. The Foresight report indicated that on current trends nearly 60 per cent of the UK population will be obese by 2050 that is almost two out of three in the population defined as severely overweight. If we do not reverse this, millions of adults and children will inevitably face deteriorating health and a lower quality of life and we face spiralling health and social care costs.

This strategy marks an important shift in our focus to support everyone in making the healthy choices which will reduce obesity, especially among children.


Our ambition is that by 2020 we will not only have reversed the trend in rising obesity and overweight among children but also reduced it back to the 2000 levels. And whilst our focus is rightly on children, we need to see progress on rates of obesity in adults as well. This is an ambitious goal, but achievable if we recognise the desire of people to live healthy lives and respond to it with the opportunities and information people need and expect.

Gordon Brown [Prime minister 2008]

  

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Editor's comments - [  Almost two-thirds of adults and a third of children are either overweight or obese, and work by the Government Office for Science’s Foresight programme suggests that, without clear action, these figures will rise to almost nine in ten adults and two-thirds of children by 2050.

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Reference : COI. (2008). Healthy weight, healthy lives: A cross-government strategy for England. London: DoH/DCFS

 

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