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Government launches ‘obesity toolkit’

5th April 2007

The Department of Health (DoH) has announced the launch of a new toolkit for the general public aiming to assist Britons in their attempts to improve their health and reduce the prevalence of obesity.

Noting that the rate of obesity among children in the UK rose by over 40 per cent from 1995 to 2004, the DoH is publishing the obesity toolkit for health organisations and local authorities to help members of the community lower their weight.

Caroline Flint, public health minister, commented that most people are aware of the need to exercise more and increase their intake of fruit and vegetables, but added that many need encouragement to help their improve their health.

“Obesity has a major impact on people’s health and can lead to type two diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer,” she said.

She added that it is for this reason that a reduction in obesity nationwide is a priority of government, with the toolkit intending to help and support people make positive changes to their lifestyle and that of their children, rather than “telling people what to do”.

In August 2006, a government report predicted that over 12 million adults and one million children will be obese in the UK if widespread lifestyle changes do not occur.

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