Report says obesity must become a national priority

11 December 2015        

Feet on scales Professor Dame Sally Davies examines women’s health in England and makes a range of recommendations to improve it, in a new report .  

Report highlights

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) calls for obesity to become a national priority, stating that 54% of women aged 34 to 44 were overweight or obese in 2013, as were almost two-thirds of those aged 45 to 54.

The report urges Government to include obesity in its national risk planning.

Simon Gillespie, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said:

“If the Government continues to side-line this ever growing issue, obesity rates will not fall and this country’s health will suffer as more people become affected by illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

“We hope the Government realises the dangerous implications of failing to take serious action and appreciates that a strong and robust strategy is essential if we are to tackle this country’s rising obesity crisis.”

Action against obesity

Last month the BHF joined eighteen other organisations to form a national alliance. This calls on the Government to implement a range of ambitious polices to tackle the UK’s growing obesity crisis. These include:
  • Robust restrictions on unhealthy food marketing, including a 9pm watershed for TV advertising of junk food 
  • Independent set of incremental reformulation targets, backed by regulation for industry to reduce the sugar, saturated fat and salt in our foods 
  • The government should introduce a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks