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Question for Department of Health

UIN 210253, tabled on 13 October 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department issues on reducing obesity through diets.

Answered on

20 October 2014

Public Health England (PHE) provides advice on diet and nutrition issues based on evidence considered by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. This is communicated to the public and professionals through a range of tools including the eatwell plate and the Change4Life social marketing campaign. This aims to enable families to adopt health promoting behaviours around diet and physical activity which can help maintain a healthy weight.

PHE provides tools and support to local authorities who are responsible for commissioning of weight management services based on expert guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, to support overweight and obese individuals to lose weight through evidence based and effective interventions.