Department of Health written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of Robert Halfon Robert Halfon Conservative, Harlow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will estimate the cost to the NHS of treating obesity and its related diseases in (a) Harlow constituency, (b) Essex and (c) England in each of the last three years.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Information on National Health Service expenditure on the treatment and prevention of obesity is not collected centrally. However, an analysis of the economic burden of a range of risk factors for chronic disease estimated that overweight and obesity cost the NHS £5.1 billion per year.

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