Obesity

Councils chiefs call for more powers to ‘restrict’ takeaways

12/11/2019

Local authorities have called for more planning powers to help them prevent takeaways from ‘clustering’ as part of the fight against health inequalities and obesity.

Around 58,000 reception-aged children obese, data shows

11/10/2019

New figures from the NHS have revealed that obesity levels among reception-aged schoolchildren in England have increased.

Give councils the powers to restrict takeaways, obesity report says

10/10/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a proposal to strengthen planning powers to help deal with the underlying causes of obesity.

Ban junk food shops near schools, report argues

13/09/2019

Unhealthy fast food outlets within a five-minute walk from schools should be banned, a new report has argued today.

Campaigners call for 'calorie tax' to tackle obesity

07/08/2019

Companies producing high-calorie foods should be taxed to help tackle the 'obesity crisis', campaigners have demanded.

Diabetes in children up 50% in five years

15/07/2019

Council chiefs have warned of an 'obesity crisis’ as figures reveal the number of young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes increased 50% in five years.

Council-led programmes to fight childhood obesity launched

25/06/2019

The Government is to fund five council-led programmes to tackle childhood obesity.

Calls for sugar-free schools by 2022

05/06/2019

All schools in London should be sugar-free by 2022, according to health experts.

Prevention work for tackling obesity under threat from cuts, council chiefs say

09/05/2019

Early intervention by councils is ‘vital’ for dealing with obesity, council chiefs say as new figures reveal a 15% increase in hospital admissions where obesity was a factor.

Councils need more powers to tackle junk food adverts, campaigners say

24/04/2019

Campaigners have called for local authorities to be given more powers to push back against junk food advertising.

Council chiefs call for ‘greater proportion’ of soft drinks levy

08/04/2019

Local authority leaders have called for a greater share of the soft drinks levy to go towards the public health budgets of councils.

Inactivity linked to 70,000 deaths a year

26/03/2019

Spending too much time sitting around is linked to about 70,000 deaths a year in the UK, according to public health experts.

UK youth ‘let down’ on long-term health issues

20/02/2019

Youth in the UK are being ‘let down’ when it comes to treating long-term illnesses such as asthma, according to an independent health think tank.

Councils chosen to develop childhood obesity plans

28/01/2019

Practical plans to tackle childhood obesity are to be developed by 13 councils after they received funding from the government’s Trailblazer programme.

Report warns children's screen time has replaced outdoor play

17/01/2019

Children should spend a maximum of two hours in front of a screen during their recreational time to encourage them to play outside more, a new report has urged today.

'Sugar tax' raises more than £150m to fight child obesity

21/11/2018

Cash collected from the 'sugar tax' has already helped in the fight against childhood obesity, according to the Government.

Councils call for powers to ban junk food advertising

07/11/2018

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to give them the powers to ban junk food advertising as part of the struggle against childhood obesity.

Online takeaways should be ‘forced’ to display hygiene ratings, council chiefs say

28/09/2018

Local government leaders have called for businesses serving food to be ‘forced’ to display food hygiene ratings to improve standards and protect people.

Whitehall asks councils for ‘trailblazing’ ideas to fight childhood obesity

26/09/2018

The Government is asking local authorities to apply to its ‘trailblazer’ programme for tackling childhood obesity.

Figures show 40% increase in number of children with Type 2 diabetes

20/08/2018

The number of children and young people being treated for Type 2 diabetes has increased by 40% in the last four years, new figures have revealed.

Severe obesity in children at record high, health body says

24/07/2018

Levels of severe obesity in children aged 10 and 11 have reached the ‘highest point’ since records began, public health body warns.

Nowhere to play?

17/07/2018

New research from the Association of Play Industries has revealed the scale of decline in playgrounds across England. LGN finds out more.

Poorest communities are ‘fast food hotspots’

29/06/2018

The most deprived areas in England have five times more fast food outlets than more affluent communities, new figures have revealed.

Hunt outlines plan to halve childhood obesity by 2030

25/06/2018

Supermarkets will be prevented from displaying unhealthy foods and sweets at their checkouts in a crackdown being considered by health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Kids eating ‘far more sugar than is healthy’, warn health officials

15/06/2018

Children have already consumed more than the recommended intake of sugar for the whole of 2018, according to Public Health England.

Councils should be given more powers to tackle junk food, MPs say

30/05/2018

Council leaders have welcomed a call for local authorities to be given more powers to tackle the advertising and sale of unhealthy food and drink to children.

Council chiefs warn obesity is ‘ill-health time bomb’

29/05/2018

New figures show that child obesity is contributing to a 'multi-billion pound ill-health time bomb', local government leaders have warned.

Cross-party MPs call for national obesity strategy

15/05/2018

A national obesity strategy would help strengthen existing services and replicate best practice across the country, according to a new report.

Obesity driving increase in hospital admissions

05/04/2018

Hospital admissions where obesity is a factor increased by nearly 20% last year, NHS figures reveal.

Council leaders call for ‘traffic light’ food labelling to fight salt consumption

13/03/2018

Local authority chiefs have repeated their calls for the ‘traffic light’ food labelling system to become a legal requirement post-Brexit as health campaigners warn of the high salt content of ready meals.

Getting physical

27/02/2018

Andy Howell explains how active healthier lifestyles are being driven by urban renewal in Slough.

Diabetes cases in the UK double in 20 years

27/02/2018

The number of people living with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled over the last 20 years, new research has revealed today.

Traffic light labelling on food should be ‘mandatory’, councils say

12/02/2018

Traffic light labelling on food and drink should become mandatory after Brexit in order to help fight obesity, council chiefs say.

Council chiefs urge Government to expand sports funding

31/01/2018

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to expand its sports funding in order to help tackle the child obesity problem.

Health experts unveil best menus to tackle childhood obesity

13/11/2017

Thai chicken curry, moussaka and pork ragu are on the menus for children recommended by health experts in a drive to cut obesity.

Call to ban Coca-Cola Christmas truck from Liverpool

31/10/2017

The Coca-Cola truck should be banned from Liverpool this Christmas as the city is in the grips of an ‘obesity crisis’, the Liberal Democrat leader has warned.

Number of children 'dangerously' overweight is on the rise

20/10/2017

Almost one in ten children starting school are dangerously overweight, according to the latest figures from Public Health England - and the number is on the rise.

New unit set up to support childhood obesity plan

18/08/2017

The Government has invested £5m into a new obesity policy research unit to look at the causes of childhood obesity.

Council chiefs slam ‘perverse’ plans to hijack soft drinks levy

27/07/2017

Money from the soft drinks industry intended to tackle obesity is being 'hijacked' to plug a shortfall in education funding, according to council chiefs.

Children getting enough physical activity drops ‘dramatically’

18/07/2017

The number of children getting enough physical activity drops by 40%, health body warns.

Opposition parties announce plans to save ‘struggling’ health and care system

08/05/2017

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have announced their manifesto commitments to save the UK’s struggling health and social care sector, and tackle childhood obesity.

NHS report warns of ‘rising tide’ of obesity

31/03/2017

A rising tide of excess weight and obesity linked to a lack of exercise and poor diet has been highlighted in a new NHS report.

Childhood obesity could ‘bankrupt health and social care’, councils say

27/03/2017

MPs warn Government is missing opportunities to tackle childhood obesity, as councils say weight-related illnesses could ‘bankrupt health and social care’.

Scotland has ‘worst weight outcomes’ in UK, MSPs say

23/01/2017

Scotland has the worst weight outcomes of all the UK nations because of an ‘inconsistent’ approach to policies designed to tackle obesity, MSPs warn.

Childhood obesity on the increase shows figures

04/11/2016

The number of children who are overweight or obese has risen over the past year, according to official figures.

Figures reveal 'significant weight gap' between poor and affluent boys

11/10/2016

Three in five of England’s poorest boys are likely to be overweight or obese by 2020, compared to one in six of boys from more affluent areas, new figures show.

Traffic light food labelling should be mandatory, say councils

19/09/2016

Traffic light labelling showing the nutritional content of food and drink should be made a legal requirement, council chiefs say.

People unaware of link between obesity and cancer

09/09/2016

Most people are unaware that being overweight or obese can be a factor in developing cancer, according to new research.

Obesity crisis puts children at risk of cancer, charity says

01/09/2016

Nearly 60,000 children become overweight or obese during primary school increasing the risk of cancer in later life, a charity has warned.

Councils 'disappointed' with childhood obesity strategy

18/08/2016

Council leaders have voiced their disappointment at the government’s long-awaited obesity strategy, saying the reforms do not go far enough to tackle childhood obesity.

Obesity predicted to have cost councils over half a billion pounds

18/07/2016

Tackling obesity is set to have cost councils more than half a billion pounds since taking over public health from the NHS three years ago, the Local Government Association (LGA) says.

Millions facing diseases caused by obesity by 2035

20/06/2016

Around 40 million adults will be obese by 2035 if current trends continue, a new report is warning today.

Councils voice concern over children with Type 2 diabetes

15/06/2016

The number of children developing Type 2 diabetes will continue to rise unless the Government takes 'bold' action in its childhood obesity strategy, council leaders have warned.

Research shows surge in junk-food restaurants near schools

09/06/2016

The number of fast-food outlets within a five-minute walk of a school has increased by 58% in the past seven years, new research has revealed.

Sport England unveils £250m plan to tackle inactivity

19/05/2016

Sport England has pledged to spend £250m over the next five years to help tackle inactivity.

Obesity costs NHS £5bn a year, LGA say

29/04/2016

Obesity prevalence in England has almost doubled since the early nineties, according to new statistics.

Councils call for intervention on childhood eating habits

06/04/2016

Councils are hoping to develop a 1,000 days plan for toddlers to help instil healthy eating from an early age.

Nearly 2,500 academies not signed up to healthy school meal standards

22/03/2016

A loophole that enables nearly 2,500 academies and free schools avoid signing up to healthy school meal standards must be closed in a forthcoming child obesity strategy, town hall leaders say.

Budget 2016: Osborne unveils sugar tax to fund school sports

16/03/2016

A new sugar levy will be imposed on soft drinks to help raise £520m for primary school sports, chancellor George Osborne has announced.

Councils call for control over sports funding to help reduce premature deaths

24/02/2016

Council leaders are calling for more control over sports and leisure funding in a bid to reduce the ‘alarming’ levels of premature deaths.

Councils call for fizzy drinks to show sugar content in teaspoons

22/02/2016

Fizzy drink companies should help fight tooth decay and child obesity by putting child-friendly labels on their products showing how much sugar they contain, councils leaders have demanded.

Tax on sugary drinks would prevent 3.7m cases of obesity says report

19/02/2016

A 20% tax on sugary drinks would help reduce obesity rates by 5% over the next decade, according to a new report published today.

Calorie counts on menus in big chains ‘should be mandatory’, says council leaders

15/02/2016

Government should make calorie counts on menus in pubs, restaurants, and cinema chains ‘mandatory’ in order to fight obesity, says the Local Government Association (LGA).

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