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A Fitter Future for All: Consultation Document


Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

Subject Keywords: Obesity prevention framework for Northern Ireland 2011 - 2021
Topic: Obesity
Health Inequalities
Mental Health
Chronic Conditions
Health Inequalities
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Type: Framework
Region: Northern Ireland

The prevalence of people who are overweight and obese has been steadily rising in Northern Ireland, and in the western world, over the last few decades. It has been described as an “obesity time-bomb”, given the impact that obesity can have on physical and mental health and wellbeing.Evidence has shown that, while weight gain is the result of a relatively simple energy imbalance, the causes that underpin changes to energy intake and expenditure are very complex and cover issues such as social and individual psychology, physiology, food production and consumption, individual activity, and the built environment.This Framework aims to “empower the population of Northern Ireland to make healthy choices, and reduce the level of harm related to overweight and obesity, by creating an environment that supports and promotes a physically active lifestyle and a healthy diet”.In addition, the following overarching target has been set: to reduce the level of obesity in Northern Ireland to the 2005-06 level by 2021.





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Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. (2011) A Fitter Future for All: Consultation Document [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 22nd February 2020].


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