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Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in Northern Ireland


Comptroller and Auditor General, Northern Ireland audit Office

Subject Keywords: Review of the Department of health's health promotion strategy
Topic: Cardiovascular Health (Draft)
Chronic Conditions
Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)
Chronic Conditions
Type: Report
Region: Northern Ireland

The objective of this review is to examine the effectiveness of the Department's health promotion strategies in influencing the risk factors of unhealthy eating and physical inactivity which can lead to the occurrence of a chronic disease such as Type 2 diabetes. Today, some of the major threats to good health are largely avoidable. On a global basis, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating and being overweight are important preventable causes of chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes. The social and economic costs of this disease are enormous and have the potential to increase significantly over the coming years. Following the publication in Great Britain of Foresight ヨ Tackling Obesities: Future Choices in October 2007, the Department adopted a life course strategic approach to obesity, putting in place an Obesity Steering Group, supported by four Advisory Groups addressing the issues of physical activity, food and nutrition, education and prevention, and data collection and research. These groups will take forward the Fit Futures recommendations and also advise the Department on the development of a long-term life course strategic framework to address obesity across the whole of the Northern Ireland population.



Rights: © Northern Ireland Audit Office
Suggested citation:

Comptroller and Auditor General, Northern Ireland audit Office. (2009) Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in Northern Ireland [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 26th March 2019].


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