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Obesity: Tipping Back the Scales of the Nation

Increasing levels of Obesity not only adversely affects current population health but will impact on the risks for future generations and according to the Chief Medical Officer tackling obesity should be made a national priority. The latest figures published reveal that 58% of women and 65% of men were overweight or obese in 2014, with an increased prevalence of 26% as compared to 15% in 1993. Childhood obesity is also a major cause for concern with more than 1 in 5 children in Reception, and 1 in 3 children in Year 6 classified as obese or overweight. Children from poorer backgrounds and twice as likely to be obese than children living in less deprived circumstances. The latest predictions in regard to future levels of obesity in the UK have been revised upwards, stating that by 2030 it is estimated that 74% of men and 64% of women in the UK will be overweight. It is thought that within the next decade obesity will overtake smoking as the greatest cause of cancer. NHS England spends around £16 billion a year on the direct medical costs of diabetes and conditions related to being overweight or obese; over £2bn more than is spent on fire and police services. The cost to individuals, society and the wider economy is much greater.
When Apr 19, 2017
from 08:30 AM to 04:15 PM
Where The Studio, 51 Lever St Manchester, M1 1FN, United Kingdom
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Benefits of Attending                 

  • Hear about the current state of obesity in the UK today
  • Discover what the ambitions are for future outcomes
  • Gain an insight into the very latest thinking that is driving strategy
  • Hear what the costs and consequences are of an overweight nation
  • Discuss and debate which programmes are having a positive impact
  • What are the major causes and drivers that lead to obesity?
  • What can be done to encourage behaviour change?
  • Learn from examples of innovative initiatives that are positively contributing to supporting prevention
    and population health
  • Explore how will the war on sugar impact
  • Listen to a synopsis as to what interventions are needed to deal with Childhood Obesity
  • Engage with experts in obesity and its related risks
  • Gain an understanding of the crisis in levels of Type II Diabetes

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