Joined Up Action on Obesity
p>Public Health England have issued guidance for Local Authorities on co-ordinated action to tackle obesity. With Public Health now back in Local Government, PHE believe that the sector is perfectly positioned to make a real impact through a wide range of services.
Obesity is associated with a number of health problems including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The resulting NHS costs attributable to obesity are projected to reach £9.7 billion by 2050, with wider costs to society estimated to reach £49.9 billion per year (Foresight 2007). These factors combine to make the prevention of obesity a major public health challenge. Currently its estimated that by 2050 obesity will affect 60% of adult men, 50% of adult women and 25% of children.
The guidance which can be found on PHE’s website covers a range of Local Authority services including Transport, Planning, Environment, Leisure, Housing and Parks. The Local Government Association have also recently produced a guidance document for councillors and officers entitled “Tackling obesity – local governments new public health role”.