Our policy on obesity and diet


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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.