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The Government is concerned about the levels of obesity in this country. The latest Health Survey for England (HSE) data shows us that nearly 1 in 4 adults, and over 1 in 10 children aged 2-10, are obese.

In 2007, the Government-commissioned Foresight report predicted that if no action was taken, 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children would be obese by 2050.

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 estimated to be £4.2 billion per year and forecast to more than double by 2050 if we carry on as we are.

Reducing obesity is a priority for the Government. We want people to know that they can change their lifestyle and make a difference to their health.

The Government will provide clear, consistent messages on why people should change their lifestyle, how to do so, and put in place ways to make this easier. We will also work in partnership with local government, charities and business to reduce obesity.

The White Paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our Strategy for Public Health in England, sets out how the Government plans to improve public health. The Department of Health will publish a follow-on document setting out how obesity will be tackled in the new public health and NHS systems, along with the role that all partners can play.

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Obesity Care Pathway and Your Weight, Your Health

A comprehensive package of material for health professionals, as well as information to be given to patients, including Obesity Care Pathways for adults and children and a weight loss guide for patients.

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