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Obesity: Children

Health written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Hugh Bayley Hugh Bayley NATO Parliamentary Assembly UK Delegation, NATO Parliamentary Assembly (President)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to Healthy Lives, Healthy People: a call to action on obesity in England, published in October 2011, what progress has been made to date on achieving the Government's aim to reverse the increase in the level of excess weight in children by 2020.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Figures are not yet available to indicate what progress has been made on the levels of excess weight in children since the publication of ‘A call to action on obesity in England’ in October 2011. Data on the prevalence of overweight and obesity are published annually by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The latest data available are from the Health Survey for England for 2011 and from the National Child Measurement Programme for the school year 2011-12. New data will be published at the end of this year.

A copy of ‘A call to action on obesity in England’ has already been placed in the Library.

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