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Obesity top public health priority

PHE publishes ‘tackling obesity’ survey data

Jo Carlowe

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Tackling obesity remains a top priority for local authorities and directors of public health.

The PHE together with the Association of Directors of Public Health have today released the results of their survey questioning the obesity priorities of 136 local authorities and Directors of Public Health.

This follows, earlier findings, that most people are overweight or obese in England. PHE figures reveal that 61.9% of adults and 28% of children aged between 2 and 15 are either overweight or obese.

The health problems associated with being overweight or obese cost the NHS more than £5 billion every year.

Today’s report: ‘Tackling Obesity’  identified tackling child and adult obesity as a high priority. Just over half of those surveyed (51%) called for the development of a system wide obesity and healthy weight programme.

Setting out its aims, Public Health England states that it wants to see a downward trend in the level of excess weight in adults and a sustained downward trend in the level of excess weight in children by 2020.

The PHE states that it will use the views garnered from the Tackling Obesity survey to develop its approach to obesity.

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