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PHE Guidance – Health matters: obesity and the food environment

31st March 2017

New guidance published today (31 March) by PHE on obesity and the food environment.

Nearly two-thirds of adults (63%) in England were classed as being overweight (a body mass index of over 25) or obese (a BMI of over 30) in 2015. Nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer.

PHE Obesity in Children infographic

Obesity is a complex problem with many drivers, including:

  • behaviour
  • environment
  • genetics
  • culture
New Guidance

This guidance covers: