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Health written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between activity levels and obesity in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

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 26 March 2010 and this is available on the Department's website at:

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