Obesity

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Pendry Lord Pendry Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the estimated cost to the NHS of the treatment of obesity in (1) 2016, and (2) 2017.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The economic burden of ill health due to diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol and obesity in the UK: an update to 2006-07 NHS costs estimated that overweight and obesity cost the National Health Service in the United Kingdom £5.1 billion per year. This figure was uplifted to £6.1 billion in 2014/15 to take account of inflation. No estimates have been made centrally of the cost of obesity in 2016 or 2017.

A copy of The economic burden of ill health due to diet, physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol and obesity in the UK: an update to 2006-07 NHS costs is attached.

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