Appetite for Action: Reducing Obesity | IPT
Chair: Daniel Zeichner MP, Shadow Minister for Food, Farming, and Fisheries
Speaker: Zoe Ellis, Head of Medical Affairs, Danone
Speaker: Dr Birgitta Rabe, Reader in Economics, University of Essex
Virtual Event


Wednesday 12 May 2021


This is an online event

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According to NHS Digital, nearly two-thirds of adults in the UK are classed as overweight, with more than a quarter deemed obese. Tackling obesity is one of the greatest long-term health challenges we face, and the issue is increasingly prevalent amongst children. The National Child Measurement Programme found that one in ten children in reception year are obese, rising to one in five by the end of primary school. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has described the obesity issue as "one of the greatest threats" to children and society as a whole. In 2018-19, 876,000 hospital admissions were linked to weight problems and obesity increases the risk of complications from COVID-19. In 2020, the Government launched its anti-obesity strategy, however, the National Audit Office has already warned that the UK is unlikely to meet its mission of halving childhood obesity in England by 2030. How can the UK combat its rising levels of obesity and empower adults and children to live healthier lives?

This event will:

  • Examine the widening gap in obesity rates between the most and least deprived in the UK
  • Review the effectiveness of current and previous government initiatives to increase education, fund exercise, and reduce sugar intake
  • Discuss the industry actions needed to address obesity and help families make healthy choices