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Obesity: Children

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps have been taken to address childhood obesity. (197354)

The Government's long-term ambition on obesity is to be the first major nation to reverse the rising tide of obesity and overweight in the population, by enabling everyone to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Our initial focus is on children: by 2020, we aim to reduce the proportion of overweight and obese children to 2000 levels.

We have mapped out the first steps in delivering this ambition in a new £372 million cross Government strategy, “Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: A Cross-Government Strategy for England” which was launched in January this year. A copy of the strategy is available in the Library.

From April 2008, tackling child obesity will be a national priority for primary care trusts (PCTs), working with their local partners. This was set out in the NHS Operating Framework in December 2007.

“Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: guidance for local areas” was published on 19 March. It sets out actions PCTs and local authorities, in conjunction with their third and private sector partners, will want to consider to deliver their child obesity goals.