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Reducing obesity: Our position statement

Obesity is a major risk factor in the development of type 2 diabetes. We know that our environment does not always support us to make healthy choices. In fact sometimes they can make the healthy choice harder to make.

To slow down the rising number of people living with type 2 diabetes we need strong, ambitious action from the Government, food and drink industry and others to reduce obesity across society.

Download our full position statement on prevention of type 2 diabetes through reducing obesity (PDF, 517KB)

Government, the food and drink industry and others should take action to ensure:

  • Consistent and clear food labelling so that people can easily understand what is in the food we buy
  • Food and drink products are healthier, by reducing sugar, saturated fat and salt and reducing portion size
  • Healthy choices in shops, cafes and takeaways are encouraged
  • Marketing of unhealthy (junk) food to children on TV and online is further restricted through stronger regulation
  • That unhealthy food is not the cheaper option – restrict price promotions on unhealthy food
  • People move more – physical activity is encouraged and increased
  • Healthy choices in the public sector – when people are at work and school
  • Local planning promotes access to healthy food and physical activity
  • Healthy living messages are promoted and people know what they can do to reduce their risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The Obesity Health Alliance

We are pleased to be a steering group member of the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of more 40 organisations that have come together to tackle the complex issue of overweight and obesity in the UK with one voice and one set of policy solutions. Go to the Obesity Health Alliance website to find out more about our shared work and policy positions.

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