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Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to prevent cases of diabetes. (143512)

We are committed to preventing as many cases of diabetes as possible. Obesity is one of the major causes of type 2 diabetes and tackling obesity, working through national and local partnerships, is a key departmental objective. The Government have a public service agreement (PSA) target, which is jointly owned by three Departments, to halt the year-on-year rise in obesity among children aged under 11 by 2010—in the context of a broader strategy to tackle obesity in the population as a whole. As childhood obesity often tracks into adulthood, the PSA-owning Departments are working to support families to eat more healthily and be more active.