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Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to bring forward statutory instruments to reduce obesity. [107007]

The Government are committed to action to prevent and manage obesity in children and adults, particularly as it increases the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. The Government are not considering statutory instruments to reduce obesity. However, action to address obesity is being taken forward through the national service frameworks for coronary heart disease, older people and diabetes. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence have also been asked to develop guidance on identification, prevention and management of obesity and maintenance of weight reduction. The Health Development Agency is setting out the evidence base for effective interventions on the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity, and the maintenance of weight loss.