Spotlight on the health of a nation

27 March 2014        

Feet on scales

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, has published her annual report on the state of the public’s health.

In the report, Dame Sally raises concerns about the ‘normalisation’ of being overweight. According to estimates, almost two thirds of adults and one third of children under 18 are now overweight or obese.

Obese children are more likely to become obese adults and this puts them at a greater risk of developing conditions such as heart diseasediabetes and high blood pressure.

Our Chief Executive, Simon Gillespie, said: “This report is yet another reminder that we can no longer turn a blind eye to the numbers on the scales.

“It’s particularly troubling that around a third of children in the UK are now overweight or obese. Parents, schools and local communities all have a part to play to help kids reduce their risk of heart disease by eating well and keeping active.

“But the Government also needs to protect young hearts by stopping children being bombarded with junk food marketing. By placing a 9pm watershed on TV ads for junk food and regulating marketing tactics used to target kids online they can make it easier for families to eat healthily.”