National Child Measurement Programme: Operational guidance 2018

Public Health England, August 2018

This guidance document advises local commissioners and providers of the NCMP on how the programme should be implemented. This helps to maintain the high quality of the programme, supports a cost effective approach and helps local partners to ensure that it is embedded in local strategies and actions to reduce childhood obesity.

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Obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary schools: A thematic review into what actions schools are taking to reduce childhood obesity

Ofsted, July 2018

Ofsted report that looks at the actions primary schools are taking to reduce childhood obesity. Emphasises that schools
should be reinforcing messages, imparting knowledge and developing skill are what schools do – and do well. In the shared effort to tackle obesity, schools should focus on improving those things they are best placed to do:

  • planning a challenging and well-sequenced curriculum, including learning about the body in PE and science about healthy eating and cooking
  • providing ample opportunity for children to take physical exercise during the school day – with lots of opportunities to ‘get out of breath’
  • teaching particular skills like how to cook or how to dance
  • updating parents on their children’s physical development such as agility, balance and coordination.

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The current landscape of obesity services: a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity, May 2018

Report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity which calls for:

  • Development of an obesity strategy for children and adults involving all stakeholders  to strengthen existing services and replicate best practice across the country.
  • Obesity/weight management training should be introduced into medical school syllabuses to ensure GPs and other healthcare practitioners feel able and comfortable to raise and discuss a person’s weight, without any stigma or discrimination.
  • 9pm watershed on advertising of food and drinks high in fat, sugar and salt to protect children during family viewing time.
  • Government should lead or support efforts by the clinical community to investigate whether obesity should be classified as a disease in the UK, and what this would mean for the NHS and other services.
  • Calls on Government to commission or support the development of a thorough, peer-reviewed cost benefit analysis of earlier intervention and treatment of patients with obesity.

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Calorie reduction: The scope and ambition for action March 2018

Public Health England, March 2018

Report from Public Health England that identifies public support for the government working with businesses to develop products with fewer calories and in smaller portions.  It calls on the food industry to achieve a 20% reduction in calories by 2024 in product categories that contribute significantly to children’s calorie intakes (up to the age of 18 years) and where there is scope for substantial reformulation and/or portion size reduction.

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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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