Preventing obesity

Evidence has shown that obesity is a common risk factor for diabetes, other metabolic diseases, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, many cancers, injuries, arthritis and depression, causing death and disability and posing a huge cost to health and social care services.

Almost two thirds (65.7%) of the adult Norfolk population are overweight or obese which is slightly higher than the rest of England (62.2%).

One in four (23.8%) people in Norfolk are obese which is slightly lower than the England average. 
If no action is taken, by 2020 adult obesity in Norfolk is predicted to increase from 174,629 to 253,762, for which Norfolk will subsequently be spending more than £26million on treating weight-related diabetes alone.

The Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy identifies three key areas (and within these areas there are 10 intentions):

    1. Build an integrated approach to obesity

    2. Create a healthier physical environment

    3. Promote behaviour change

For facts, findings and clear recommendations, read the summary of the recent publication Tackling Obesity – A Health Needs Assessment for Norfolk.