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Obesity: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 28th March 2019.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate she has made of the number of people with obesity in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each Clinical Commissioning Group in Northern Ireland by (i) age and (ii) gender in each of the last five years.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps her Department is taking to tackle regional differences in (a) adult and (b) childhood obesity in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.

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

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which Clinical Commissioning Groups in Northern Ireland provide a (a) tier three and (b) tier four weight management service.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

The Department of Health commissioned a 2017-18 Health Study in Northern Ireland. This reported that 64% of adults aged 16+ were either overweight (37%) or obese (27%). The full findings of the report are available on the Department of Health’s website.

The Department’s current obesity prevention framework ‘A Fitter Future for All 2012-2022’ recognises the need to improve food and nutrition and encourage physical activity among the population to reduce the prevalence of obesity. This framework is also available on the Department’s website.

Northern Ireland does not use Clinical Commissioning Groups, and a tier three and tier four management service is not currently commissioned in NI. The NI Department of Health has established a task and finish group to explore options for the development of a regional prototype bariatric service.

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