Five years of national policies: Progress towards tackling obesity in England

A. E. Tedstone*, C. Sabry-Grant, E. Hung, L. B. Levy

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Obesity is a major burden on the health system in England and the rest of the UK. Obesity prevalence is high in adults and children and most of the UK population are consuming more energy than required, and not meeting other dietary recommendations, including those for saturated fat, free sugars, fibre, oily fish and fruit and vegetables. Over the past 5 years, a number of cross-government policies, both promoting voluntary action and legislative, have been put in place to tackle dietrelated health and obesity. The food environment is complex with many influencing factors, some of which act through individual automatic choices. Other factors such as accessibility, advertising, promotion and nudging drive increased food and drink purchases. With continual changes in the food environment favouring fast-food outlets and meal delivery companies alongside the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on diets and physical activity levels, further governmental action is likely needed to deliver sustained improvements to diet and health.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the Nutrition Society
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • Diet
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition policy
  • Obesity


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