The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is a founding member of the Obesity Health Alliance (OHA), a group of more than 40 leading organisations with expertise in tackling obesity. Our goal is to prevent obesity-related ill-health by addressing the influences that lead to excess bodyweight throughout life.
The OHA believes we need urgent action in 10 areas to tackle obesity. The RCP summarises them as:
Almost two thirds of adults and children in the UK are obese or overweight, and the rate continues to rise. It is estimated that 14% of premature deaths could be prevented if people were a healthy weight.
In 2007, obesity cost the NHS £2.7 billion and the UK economy £15.8 billion. This does not include the cost of diseases for which obesity is a risk factor. For example, type 2 diabetes costs the NHS £8.8 billion a year and the UK economy over £15 billion a year.