Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, responds to a King’s Fund briefing and analysis revealing stark inequalities in obesity rates across England.
Responding to a King’s Fund briefing and analysis revealing stark inequalities in obesity rates across England, Cllr David Fothergill, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:
“Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges we face and councils across the country are already playing an important role in our collective efforts with government to help people of all ages achieve a healthier weight.
“This has been confirmed again with the recent announcement of new funding for targeted weight management services, run by councils and free to access for people who are overweight or obese.
“Greater powers for councils to tackle the clustering of existing takeaways and restricting junk food advertising near schools, alongside extra investment in other council-run programmes such as exercise referral schemes and offering free or reduced-cost sport, can also play an essential part.
“Tackling our health inequalities, which have been so starkly exposed during the pandemic, will require significant long-term investment in the public health services which can improve people’s health and wellbeing and reduce future pressure on the NHS.”