Department of Health written question – answered on 13th February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 21 January (HL4010) concerning the purchase of new ambulances to convey patients who are grossly obese, whether they will promote the policy that the cure for obesity is to "eat less" rather than providing treatments including surgery free of charge on the National Health Service.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity through diet and exercise remain our priority. We have a well-developed and wide-ranging programme of actions to reduce levels of obesity and promote a strong healthy eating message. These include working with a wide range of partners including Public Health England, NHS England, other Government departments; including the Department for Education and Department for Transport, and through voluntary partnership with industry. Key initiatives include Change4Life, the National Child Measurement Programme, NHS Health Checks, Change4Life Sports Clubs, school sports funding and the School Food Plan.

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