Heart health tool reveals obesity on the rise in the UK

DigitalHealth, June 2017

The World Heart Federation’s (WHF) heart health tool reveals that although high blood pressure rates have decreased in the UK, obesity rates are on the rise.  The CVD World Monitor tool, shows that rates of obesity, a major risk factor for CVD, increased from 26% in 2010 to 28% in 2014 (aged 18+ with a BMI of 30 kg/m2) in the UK.

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Adolescent obesity and related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014

World Health Organization, May 2017

This report reveals that the number of obese adolescents is continuing to rise in many countries across the WHO European Region. It highlights persisting inequalities in obesity among young people and indicates that ongoing health promotion and disease prevention efforts aimed at reducing childhood obesity are failing to adequately reach these groups.

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Obesity in mental health secure units

Public Health England, February 2017

This review summarises the latest evidence on obesity in secure mental health units. It has been produced by Public Health England and the University of Sheffield to support the NHS England Mental Health Programme of Care Board and the future commissioning of these services.

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Drug and alcohol addiction, and obesity: effects on employment outcomes

Department for Work and Pensions, December 2016

The government asked Professor Dame Carol Black to undertake an independent review into how best to support people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs, or are obese, to start, return or remain in work.

This review provides an evidence-based analysis of the factors that stand in the way of employment and recommends practical interventions to help overcome them.

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British Social Attitudes: Attitudes to obesity

NatCen Social Research, December 2016

PHE commissioned NatCen Social Research to include a set of questions in its British Social Attitudes survey to understand the public’s view of obesity and related issues. This report presents NatCen’s analysis of the results.

The primary findings show that people underestimate their weight and struggle to identify the point when someone becomes obese. Almost two thirds of adults are overweight or obese. All of this combined suggests being overweight or obese is normalised in society.

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Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases

World Health Organization, October 2016

This report argues that taxing sugary drinks can lower consumption and reduce obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay. The report predicts that fiscal policies that lead to at least a 20 per cent increase in the retail price of sugary drinks would result in proportional reductions in consumption of such products.

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Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet – England, 2016

HSCIC, May 2016

This statistical report from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) presents a range of information on obesity, physical activity and diet, drawn together from a variety of sources.  The report is split into four sections covering; overweight and obesity prevalence among adults and children; health outcomes, including health risks, hospital admissions and prescription drugs used for treatment of obesity; physical activity levels among adults and children and diet among adults and children, including trends in purchases, and consumption of food and drink and energy intake.

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