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.

Commons Briefing Papers

02.02.2016Obesity Statistics
24% of adults in England are obese. A further 36% are overweight. This briefing provides statistics on the obesity among adults and children in the UK, along with data on prescriptions, surgery, and international comparisons.
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.
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.
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.


05.06.2015Obesity Treatments
A quarter of adults in the UK are clinically obese and therefore at an increased risk of developing chronic diseases. NHS advice is to eat fewer calories and take more exercise to lose weight. Increasingly, drug treatments and surgery are being considered as a means to lose weight for extremely obese people who have had difficulty in adhering to lifestyle changes. This briefing discusses the current methods used to manage and treat obesity.
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.

Early Day Motions

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses