New UK government strategy on obesity launched

January 2008 - A new cross government strategy to tackle obesity “Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives” was launched by the Health Secretary, Alan Johnson and the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls building on Foresight’s most recent published project. This strategy is the first stage of the Government’s response to the Foresight report “Tackling Obesities: Future Choices”, published in October 2007.

shiftN has been deeply involved in the work leading up to this groundbreaking report. Working with top scientists across the UK, shiftN has built a comprehensive system map that provides the most systemic view to date on the many interdependences between biological, social, cultural, psychological and economic factors associated with obesity. More information on the project and the full report can be downloaded from here.

One of the elements in the UK Government’s strategy is the establishment of a National Obesity Observatory. This will use the systems map as the backbone of their research and monitoring functions.

More information on the “Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives” strategy can be found here

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