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Obesity Guidance Launched by PHE

November 15, 2013
Public Health

Over 150 professionals gathered in London for Public Health England?s Healthy People Healthy Places: Building a Healthy Future event this week. The day which included presentations on Planning and Health, Shared Spaces, and Housing and Health also saw the launch of? two guidance documents on obesity. Prepared in conjunction with the Local Government Association, Increasing Physical Activity and Active Travel, it outlines some of the regulatory and policy approaches that can be taken to produce environments where people are more likely to walk or cycle, building on ?Healthy lives, healthy people: a call to action on obesity in England? which was issued in 2011.

Regulating the Growth of Fast Food Outlets, which includes input from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, looks to address the opportunities available to make fast food offerings more healthy, as well as restricting outlets close to schools. Opening the event on Wednesday, Professor Kevin Fenton, PHE?s Director of Health and Wellbeing, set out the size of the current problem telling the audience that ?two-thirds of English adults, one fifth of children in reception (four to five years old), and a third in year 6 (ten to 11 years) are obese or overweight. Obesity tends to track into adulthood, so obese children are more likely to become obese adults?.

Copies of the guidance can be found at:

Active Travel:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/256796/Briefing_Obesity_and_active_travel_final.pdf

Fast Food:
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/256655/Briefing_Obesity_and_fast_food_final.pdf

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