Prescription Drugs: Side Effects

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 30 June 2023.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Shadow Minister (Defence) (Armed Forces and Defence Procurement), Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made a recent assessment of the potential impact of prescribed medications that have a known side-effect of weight gain on trends in the level of (a) adult and b) child obesity.

Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Obesity is a complex public health issue, and the causes are multi-factorial, including biological, physiological, psycho-social, behavioural and environmental factors. These factors can impact upon and make it difficult for people to maintain energy balance and a healthy weight, and therefore impact trends in the level of obesity.

No recent assessment has been made, by the Department or the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, on the potential impact of prescribed medications that have a known side-effect of weight gain on trends in obesity.

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