NAO Report supports Local Government action on obesity

Last week, the National Audit Office (NAO – the UK’s independent spending watchdog) published a new report[i] examines the effectiveness of the government’s approach to reducing childhood obesity in England by considering the evidence base and progress so far. Food

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Blog: Digesting Boris Johnson’s Obesity Strategy

On Monday 27th July, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a raft of measures to “get the nation fit and healthy, protect themselves against COVID-19 and protect the NHS”[i]. Officially titled ‘Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier

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Boris Johnson’s New Obesity Strategy: Food Active Response

The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated how important health and wellbeing is to us all, thereby driving conversations at a national level on how we can improve our health – including overweight and obesity – to help build resilience in our

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North West Directors of Public Health urge Prime Minister to address the causes, not just the symptoms ahead of obesity announcement

On Wednesday 22nd July, a group of eight North West Directors of Public Health have written to the Prime Minister, co-ordinated by Food Active, to urge him to ensure that the forthcoming announcement on obesity includes measures that create an

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Food Active response to the Times article ‘Boris Johnson launches a new battle on obesity’

According a report in The Times (published 14.5.20, paid for article), it is claimed that the Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson has changed his mind on the need for an interventionist state (or the so-called ‘nanny state’) when

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Food Active welcomes improvements to the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services

Today Food Active has submitted a response welcoming the Government’s proposed changes to the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services. The consultation is part of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan: Chapter 2, which was published last June. Whilst

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Deliveroo dishes out junk food deals to the obese – Food Active response

As reported in The Sunday Times article ‘Deliveroo dishes up junk food deals to the obese’ (12.05.19), we agree that third-party delivery companies such as Deliveroo, UberEats and JustEat are further exacerbating the UK’s obesity epidemic and levels of health

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New research from Food Active and the UK Health Forum shows unhealthy food and drink options dominate choices at non-food retail environments

Timely new research undertaken by public health charities Food Active and the UK Health Forum has revealed the extent of sweets, chocolate, sugary drinks and biscuits across non-food retail outlets, with two fifths (41%) of non-food retailers also engaged in

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Food Active’s North West Consultation Event: Restricting price and placement promotions on less healthy food and drink

This week we welcomed leading experts to discuss the ongoing consultation to restrictions to less healthy food and drink by price and placement. The meeting was held in response to the publication of the Department of Health and Social Care’s

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Guest Blog: Obesity and cancer – what do we know?

Maxine Lenza is World Cancer Research Fund’s (WCRF) Press and Communications Officer. She gained a BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of Exeter, and she has an MSc in Science, Technology and Society where her thesis looked at public

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