We Need Change Test

What does it take to reduce obesity rates?

Our mission is to reduce obesity in the UK and prevent as many cases of cancer as possible. 

Tackling obesity requires a UK-wide, whole-systems approach that changes the food environment to make the healthy choice the easy choice and gives choice back to parents and families. Cancer Research UK is working to make a difference at all levels of society. This means running public awareness campaigns to inform people of the link between obesity and cancer, working to influence Government to introduce policies to reduce childhood obesity, funding research to build the evidence base on obesity and cancer, working in partnership with other organisations to tackle obesity, engaging with the public about how they can reduce their risk of cancer and sharing information on health.

What causes obesity?

Obesity is a complex issue with many different causes. While we think we’re in control of what we eat, we’re probably being influenced a lot more than we realise. There are a lot of forces at play that impact our eating habits. These influences include things like appealing food and drink adverts, bargain deals on high sugar and fatty foods, the presence of fast food and takeaways shops on our high streets, bright, colourful packaging and well-known brand characters, and placement of unhealthy foods in supermarkets. We know that the world around us can make it very difficult for us to make healthy choices, and this is known as an ‘obesogenic environment’.

 

What causes obesity?

Obesity is a complex issue with many different causes. While we think we’re in control of what we eat, we’re probably being influenced a lot more than we realise. There are a lot of forces at play that impact our eating habits. These influences include things like appealing food and drink adverts, bargain deals on high sugar and fatty foods, the presence of fast food and takeaways shops on our high streets, bright, colourful packaging and well-known brand characters, and placement of unhealthy foods in supermarkets. We know that the world around us can make it very difficult for us to make healthy choices, and this is known as an ‘obesogenic environment’.

What does it take to reduce obesity rates?

Our mission is to reduce obesity in the UK and prevent as many cases of cancer as possible. 

Tackling obesity requires a UK-wide, whole-systems approach that changes the food environment to make the healthy choice the easy choice and gives choice back to parents and families. Cancer Research UK is working to make a difference at all levels of society. This means running public awareness campaigns to inform people of the link between obesity and cancer, working to influence Government to introduce policies to reduce childhood obesity, funding research to build the evidence base on obesity and cancer, working in partnership with other organisations to tackle obesity, engaging with the public about how they can reduce their risk of cancer and sharing information on health.