What should nanny do next? The government and obesity – with Dame Sally Davies, Harry Rutter and James Forsyth

Nov 22, 2020, 12:01 AM

Obesity in the UK is on the up. What should the Government's role be in tackling it?

Obesity in the UK is on the up. Prevalence of obesity is higher in more deprived communities, and obesity is linked to a range of health conditions – as well as increasing a person’s risk from COVID-19.  

Evidence tells us that communities, government policies, commercial influences, and many other factors shape our ability to be healthy – but people often think it’s up to individuals to manage their own weight.

Some governments are squeamish about intervention in people’s lives leading to a so-called ‘nanny state’. However, recent polling by Ipsos MORI for the Health Foundation shows that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way that people in the UK view the government’s role in improving our health. 

So what should the Government be doing to tackle obesity?

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