Our policy on obesity and diet

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We know that this is an especially worrying time so we have created a key messages document for Health Professionals focussed on safety netting patients presenting with symptoms during the coronavirus outbreak. We have also created a page on the subject specifically for patients on our about cancer hub. We will update that information as guidance changes.

Safety netting patients during the COVID-19 pandemic recovery phase

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.