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Investment Needed to Tackle Time Bomb of Obesity Says LGA

January 20, 2015
Public Health

The Local Government Association (LGA) is calling on the next government to invest in grassroots preventive schemes to tackle what it calls the ‘obesity time-bomb.’

In its latest report ‘Tackling the causes and effects of obesity’ the LGA says health problems associated with the condition cost the country £5 billion annually, with obesity rates set to double in the next 40 years.

Local Authorities are struggling to cope with budgets stretched to breaking point by mandatory services such as sexual health and drug and alcohol services. One proposal to try to address the problem is for one fifth of the VAT raised on sweets, crisps, take-away foods and sugary drinks to be released for councils to use for leisure activities and health awareness campaigns.

Councillor Izzi Seccombe, Chair of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board is fully behind the approach. “This slice of existing money would enable local authorities to do so much more to reverse the tide of obesity which threatens to make the next generation the first to live shorter lives than their parents,” she said; “Councils are doing everything they can to curb obesity at a local level. This extra money would enable them to ramp up their efforts and really make a major impact on tackling this condition.”

The report is part of the ‘Investing in our nations future’ campaign that sets out what council leaders believe the next government should address in its first 100 days after the general election.

You can view a copy of “Tackling the causes and effects of obesity’ here