Obesity in the UK – what are we doing about it

Living with obesity increases the risk of a number of different illnesses: this is why the NHS is playing its part in preventing and treating it, alongside Public Health England and national and local government. Delegates will hear from PHE about how the Government is prioritising population level action and enabling local authorities address the drivers of obesity and receive the latest updates on the NHS commitments to support people with obesity.

The Health Survey for England 2017 estimates that 28.7% of adults in England are obese and a further 35.6% are overweight. Obesity levels have increased from 15% since 1993, and are highest amongst those aged 45 – 54. The links with inequalities are important – both in terms of ethnicity but also in education, where among people with no qualifications rates of excess weight are 12 percentage points higher than among people with a university degree. People with mental illness, both common and severe, have high rates of overweight and obesity.

Tuesday 29 October 2019

12:00 - 12:40

Prevention & Obesity in Practice

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Director, Prevention, NHS England and NHS Improvement
Obesity and Healthy Weight Team Leader, Public Health England (PHE)
National Clinical Director for Diabetes and Obesity, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Consultant Diabetologist, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Professor of Practice (Diabetes), Imperial College London