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

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues on reducing obesity through diets.

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

Public Health England (PHE) provides advice on diet and nutrition issues based on evidence considered by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. This is communicated to the public and professionals through a range of tools including the eatwell plate and the Change4Life social marketing campaign. This aims to enable families to adopt health promoting behaviours around diet and physical activity which can help maintain a healthy weight.

PHE provides tools and support to local authorities who are responsible for commissioning of weight management services based on expert guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, to support overweight and obese individuals to lose weight through evidence based and effective interventions.

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