Health: Obesity

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Dykes Lord Dykes Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

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.

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