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The Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funds a wide range of research relating to obesity.
The NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit has been awarded £4.5 million over five years for two research themes. The title of the first of these themes is 'Exploiting the potential of the physical activity and sedentary behaviour paradigms in the prevention and management of chronic disease'.
In 2009, the Department set. up an expert group to review existing evidence on the impact of sedentary behaviour on overweight and obesity/ and the impact on health and activity levels. The group drew up recommendations on limiting sedentary behaviour for all ages. These are reflected in “Start Active, Stay Active”, a report on physical activity for health from the four home countries' chief medical officers published in July 2011. The expert group submitted its report on