Reports & Papers

Reports & Papers relating to obesity

How can local authorities reduce obesity? Insights from NIHR research (2022)

Obesity is a major health crisis in the UK and more than a quarter of adults are living with the condition. NIHR's latest Review brings together research in an array of interventions and settings, and highlights the ongoing research that could help address gaps in the evidence base.


Obesity and COVID-19: a call for action from people living with obesity (2020)

Joint position statement on behalf of the writing group from Obesity UK, the Obesity Empowerment Network and the UK Association for the Study of Obesity.


Out of place: The extent of unhealthy foods in prime locations in supermarkets (2018)

Report by the Obesity Health Alliance.


The role of marketing in promoting a fit and healthy childhood (2018)

A report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a fit and healthy childhood.


Taking action on childhood obesity - report (2018)

World Obesity Federation and the World Health Organization.


Diet, nutrition and physical activity: Energy balance and body fatness - the determinants of weight gain, overweight and obesity (2018)

World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) Report on energy balance and body fatness.


Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics in Obesity (2018)

edited by Catherine Hankey, this addition to BDA Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics book series is written for clinicians and researchers who work with any aspect of obesity and its comorbid conditions.


The current landscape of obesity services: A report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Obesity (2018)


Practical Recommendations for Post-Bariatric Surgery Medical Management

EASO's Obesity Management Task Force (2017)


A Watershed Moment - Obesity Health Alliance report 2017

Press Release

6 in 10 food advertisements during family TV shows push junk food.


Improving access to bariatric surgery: The role of education and empowerment

(first published in Diabetes Update, Diabetes UK's magazine for healthcare professionals, Winter 2017).


Department of Health - Written question on Childhood Obesity Strategy timeline is answered

In a PMQ response by Jane Ellison MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health), she states that the COS will be launched in the summer.


Briefing on 'Barriers to Healthy Food' published by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

Unhealthy diets are a common and costly source of poor health and premature death in the UK, but opportunities to improve the situation are numerous. This POSTnote reviews current diets and barriers to healthier food including price, marketing, skills and location. It then outlines current initiatives to improve diets, including education, planning, labelling, procurement, reformulation, resizing and financial measures.


The health of the 51%: Women - Annual report of the Chief Medical Officer

The Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, has published her annual report, which this year focuses on the health of women and highlights the impact of obesity on females across the UK. The report highlights obesity as one of the biggest risks to women’s health, affecting all aspects of a woman’s life from birth, family planning, pregnancy and right through to menopause and later life.


National mapping of weight management services - Public Health England, December 2015

This report on the provision of tier 2 and tier 3 weight management services, provides an overview of the weight management services available for children and young people across the country.


Sugar reduction: from evidence into action - Public Health England, October 2015

This report details a review of the evidence on interventions to help the nation reduce their sugar consumption.


Changes in children’s body mass index between 2006/07 and 2013/14: NCMP - Public Health England, October 2015

This report is the sixth in a series of annual reports which use National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) data to examine changes in children’s body mass index (BMI) that have taken place since 2006/07. It explores trends in obesity, overweight, excess weight and underweight prevalence, as well as changes in mean BMI over time. Trends within different socioeconomic and ethnic groups are also examined. This new report shows that obesity is stabilising in Reception girls (aged 4–5) and there is a downward trend in obesity in Reception boys. In Year 6 however, there is a significant upward trend in obesity among both boys and girls with the highest average increase per year in girls of this age. It also shows that in both Reception and Year 6 (aged 10–11) inequalities in obesity are widening between the most deprived and least deprived children and also between white British and other ethnic groups. This report is available to download from the PHE obesity website. You can also follow Public Health England on Twitter @PHE_obesity, @PHE_uk.



Food for Thought - BMA Report 2015

A report, published by the British Medical Association (BMA), which looks at the impact of poor diet on the nation’s health and specifically the impact that the availability, marketing and affordability of unhealthy foods has on children and young people in the UK.


Image removed. Foresight Report 2007: Reducing Obesity: Future Choices

Image removed. Action on obesity - Royal College of Physicians

Image removed. Measuring up: The medical profession's prescription for obesity


Image removed. CMO Report, 2014