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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

Obesity

There is rarely ever a day when there isn’t a story about obesity in the press. It has to be one of the most discussed public health problems of our generation. However, the media coverage quite clearly shows that we are not solving the problem, in fact recent figures (from 2018) show that hospital admissions in the UK due to obesity have doubled in the past four years.

2020health has now produced three reports on obesity, the common message being that only an informed, comprehensive whole-society approach to weight reduction has any chance of success. To ignore this and pretend that another single initiative (weighing children, promoting sport, sugar levy, reformulation) will reverse the rise in weight gain is disingenuous. In 2020health’s opinion, we betray the next generation with our reticence to take obesity seriously and comprehensively. All our work on obesity has been funded by unrestricted educational grants from AB Sugar. The views and opinion within our reports do not necessarily reflect those of AB Sugar.
 

Tackling obesity - What the UK can learn from other countries

Tackling obesity - What the UK can learn from other countries

2020health’s third report on obesity since 2014 highlights that strong and mandated central policy, supporting bold, holistic local action, is still needed to impact what is arguably the greatest health challenge of the 21st century.
Tackling obesity - What the UK can learn from other countries (Matt James, Dr Aaron Parkhurst and Jon Paxman) examines topical obesity intervention strategies from around the world to frame the question: can the UK learn from policy abroad?
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2020health Report Fat Chance? Exploring the evidence on who becomes obese

Fat Chance? Exploring the evidence on who becomes obese

This project identifies ‘uncertainty’ as a habit-forming structure that undermines the individual’s ability to manage sustainable health. In conclusion, we argue that there are macro and micro-political implications for future policy research that aims to address the increasing rates of obese and over-weight people in the UK. read on Fat Chance? Exploring the evidence on who becomes obese

2020health Report Careless Eating Costs Lives

Careless Eating Costs Lives

Covering both education and regulation, ‘Careless eating costs lives’ grasps the extent of the obesity explosion and sets out the essential responses to halting progression and reversing the drastic effects of overweight on individual health, employment, social care and the wider economy. read on Careless Eating Costs Lives