Obesity Strategy 2020

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:56 pm on 27th May 2021.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean 2:56 pm, 27th May 2021

On the Government’s ambition, the Minister said very clearly, and it says in the strategy, that we want to halve childhood obesity by 2030. The strategy also says,

“reduce the number of adults living with obesity”,

although I looked and could not find a specific target. Is she able to set out what the Government think that trajectory should look like? What I am concerned about—she will see this when I make my remarks later—is that there are lots of practical measures in the strategy, but I am struggling to see how the Government will actually deliver the result, which is fewer people being overweight or obese. Having some milestones on that journey, rather than just waiting until 2030, would be helpful so we can judge whether it is working and make some course corrections.