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Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 21906, tabled on 24 June 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department plans to take to raise public awareness of obesity-linked illnesses.

Answered on

30 June 2021

Public Health England’s (PHE) Better Health campaign was launched in July 2020. Large scale broadcast advertising was combined with targeted digital marketing to reach and engage adults and help them achieve and maintain a healthy weight, ensuring they were better able to fight diseases, including COVID-19. PHE is currently reviewing activity and planning for the next phase of the campaign

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme identifies those at high risk of developing diabetes and refers them onto a behaviour change programme. It is part of a wider public health programme to prevent disease and promote good health, which includes a strong focus on tackling obesity