This resource outlines how councils and partners can help small food outlets and schools offer healthier food to reduce obesity levels | Public Health England
Nearly two-thirds of adults (63%) in England were classed as being overweight or obese in 2015. In England, the proportion who were categorised as obese increased from 13.2% of men in 1993 to 26.9% in 2015 and from 16.4% of women in 1993 to 26.8% in 2015. The rate of increase has slowed down since 2001, although the trend is still upwards.
In 2015 to 2016, 19.8% of children aged 10 to 11 were obese and a further 14.3% were overweight. Of children aged 4 to 5, 9.3% were obese and another 12.8% were overweight. This means a third of 10 to 11 year olds and over a fifth of 4 to 5 year olds were overweight or obese. In summary, nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer.
Health matters: obesity and the food environment covers the following:
- Scale of the obesity problem
- Factors behind the rise in obesity levels
- Improving everyone’s access to healthier food choices
- How local authorities can help businesses offer healthier food and drink
- National policies to tackle obesity
- Call to action