Poor Beginnings: Health inequalities among young children across England

National Children’s Bureau, September 2015

This report is based on official data published by Public Health England and it looks at four key measures of young children’s health and wellbeing: obesity, tooth decay, accidental injury and school readiness. It picture of the health of children under five years old living in England and shows how growing up in different areas of the country can have an impact on the likelihood of experiencing a poor health outcome before starting school.

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Food for Thought: Promoting Healthy Diets Among Children and Young People

British Medical Association, July 2015

This report sets out the measures needed to help promote healthier diets among children and young people. It makes recommendations for the improvement of promotion of healthy behaviours including: improving knowledge and attitudes towards healthy eating; the limitation of unhealthy cues and promotion of unhealthy food and drink; and international co-operation on nutrition.

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Obesity Statistics

House of Commons Library, June 2015

This briefing gives statistics on obesity for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with international comparisons. Breakdowns by age, gender, local authority and deprivation are given where possible, and data for both adult and child obesity is covered. In addition to statistics on the prevalence of obesity, this briefing gives statistics on prescriptions of drugs for obesity, trends in bariatric surgery, and the detrimental effect of obesity on health.

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Doctors are urged to encourage patients to be more active to reduce chronic ill health

BMJ, 20 February 2015

Doctors in the United Kingdom have been urged to encourage patients to take small amounts of regular exercise and told that they have a leading role to play in reversing the growing contribution of sedentary lifestyles to chronic ill health…

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Making the case for tackling obesity – why invest?

Public Health England, February 2015

This slideset of infographics illustrating the facts and figures about obesity, the costs, the benefits of investing and the potential routes to action. An accompanying reference sheet is included.

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