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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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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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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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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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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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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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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