Obesity in Wales

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  • The results of the Welsh Health Survey 2015 show that in Wales 24% of adults are classified as obese and 59% of adults are classified as overweight or obese. The figures for overweight and obese adults rise with increasing deprivation, from 54% in the least deprived areas to 63% in the most deprived areas.
  • Public Health Wales’s Child Measurement Programme for Wales 2013/2014 shows that 3% of children were overweight or obese. The figures rise with increasing deprivation, from 22.2% in the least deprived areas to 28.5% in the most deprived areas.
  • Obesity is a leading cause of preventable death in Wales, and along with its associated health conditions, puts pressure on health services. Obesity can affect a person’s health, well-being, quality of life and ability to earn. Obese children can experience health problems and are also more likely to be obese in adulthood.
  • The causes of obesity are complicated, and can include medical, social and eco
    nomic factors. Although the previous Welsh Government put a variety of programmes in place to try and tackle the condition, such as the All Wales Obesity Pathway and schemes focusing on healthy eating and physical activity, obesity levels in Wales arObesity in Wales-02e currently not reducing.
  • Committees in the Fourth Assembly carried out inquiries on the availability of specialist weight management services (including surgery) and childhood obesity. Recent ideas put forward by politicians and health professionals in Wales to reduce obesity include a tax on sugary drinks and banning advertisements that market food and drink high in fat, salt and sugar. In 2016 Public Health Wales launched a 10-step checklist to tackle childhood obesity.
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