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Health: Obesity

Volume 712: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to introduce measures to allow employers to place contractual obligations on their employees to avoid becoming obese. [HL4737]

There are no plans to place any contractual obligations on employers in respect of preventing employees from gaining weight. However, as part of the obesity strategy we are working with employers to encourage healthy eating and physical activity.

In addition, the Government's response to Dame Carol Black's review of the health of the working age population Improving Health and Work: Changing Lives, a copy of which has been placed in the Library, contains a number of initiatives to encourage employers to promote wellness among their staff and make health at work part of their core business model to help reduce obesity.