Obesity

Obesity can have a severe impact on people’s health, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and heart and liver disease. There is also a significant burden on the NHS – direct costs caused by obesity are now estimated to be £5.1 billion per year. The Government set out its approach to tackling obesity through concerted action across society in its Call to action on obesity.

Obese man being measured

Responsibility Deal partners publish first annual updates

The first annual updates from Public Health Responsibility Deal partners, who signed up at the launch of the Deal in March last year, have been published. These updates provide the first … Read more → – Responsibility Deal partners publish first annual updates

About the eatwell plate

The eatwell plate is a policy tool that defines the Government’s recommendations on healthy diets. It makes healthy eating easier to understand by giving a visual representation of the types … Read more → – About the eatwell plate

Facts and figures on obesity

This information is aimed at healthcare professionals and others wanting to find out about the government’s policy and work on obesity. If you are looking for advice about losing weight … Read more → – Facts and figures on obesity

Operational guidance for Child Measurement Programme published

National operational guidance published provides advice for commissioners and providers of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). A parental feedback tool and letter templates that can be edited to meet … Read more → – Operational guidance for Child Measurement Programme published

£4 million for technological solutions to tackle healthcare problems

The Department of Health has opened two new competitions with up to £2 million of funding each to develop technological and innovative solutions to tackle two major health challenges. The … Read more → – £4 million for technological solutions to tackle healthcare problems

Public Health Responsibility Deal announces new food pledge

Through a new Public Health Responsibility Deal pledge on calorie reduction, the country’s biggest supermarkets, food manufacturers, caterers and food outlets are joining forces to help cut 5 billion calories from … Read more → – Public Health Responsibility Deal announces new food pledge

Over £100 million given to support groundbreaking clinical research

Laboratory testing

Over £100m will be invested in NHS clinical research facilities to develop new treatments to benefit thousands of patients. The money, provided by the National Institute for Health Research, will be … Read more → – Over £100 million given to support groundbreaking clinical research