Obesity

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on obesity. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
28.04.2011Obesity
This note sets out the definition and causes of obesity, the health problems caused by obesity, recent government policy on the issue and related statistics.
28.04.2011Statistics on obesity
Statistics on obesity. By Rachael Harker. SN/SG/3336.
20.05.2009The importance of being active
Article examining the relationship between taking part in sport and active recreation and life expectancy in Local Authorities in England. Data from the Active People Survey 1 is used in conjunction with Office for National Statistics data on life expectancy and healthy lifestyle behaviour to examine the interplay between such variables.

Research Papers

DateDescription
16.04.2008Food Products (Marketing to Children) Bill
Food Products (Marketing to Children) Bill. (Bill 19 of 2007-08). House of Commons Library Research Paper 08/35.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
15.09.2011UN SUMMIT ON NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES
That this House notes the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's statement that non-communicable diseases (NCD) represent a `public health emergency in slow motion'; welcomes the decision ...
07.07.2011NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY WEEK 2011
That this House acknowledges that childhood obesity is one of the most significant challenges facing society with one in three children classed as overweight or obese in the UK; supports ...
15.12.2010OBESITY AND DIABETES
That this House notes with concern that the UK is one of the unhealthiest nations in Europe according to the OECD Health at a Glance report; further notes that the UK, with an average ...
13.07.2010NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY WEEK
That this House congratulates MEND and the National Obesity Forum on launching the inaugural National Childhood Obesity Week with the aim of improving understanding of childhood obesity ...
30.06.2010OBESITY AND LOW CALORIE SWEETENED BEVERAGES
That this House notes with concern that currently over 1,000 people in the UK become obese every day; suggests that one of the single most effective ways in which Government could improve ...

POST Papers

DateDescription
16.07.2012Preventing Diabetes
This POSTnote describes the causes of diabetes and the known risk factors, and examines policy options for diabetes prevention.
01.04.2009Diet and cancer, April 2009
This POSTnote looks at the latest scientific research, advice and recommendations for a diet to lower cancer risk and the consequences for health policy.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses