Our policy on obesity and diet

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have created a central resources hub for Health Professionals which hosts all of our CRUK resources and further materials to help with managing the pandemic. We are updating the information as guidance changes. There is also a page specifically for patients on our about cancer hub.

Health Professional COVID-19 and Cancer Hub


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Obesity is a complex issue with many causes, but one of the biggest influences is the world we live in.

Why are we focusing on childhood obesity?

Over one in five children in England are overweight or obese before they start primary school. By the time they leave, this increases to over one in three. Acting early is critical. Children who are obese are five times more likely to grow into adults who are obese, and adults who are obese are more likely to develop cancer. Unless urgent action is taken, half of all children will be overweight or obese by 2020.