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Tackling Child Obesity - First Steps


Audit Cpmmission, The Healthcare Commission and The National Audit Office

Subject Keywords: Childhood obesity
Topic: Obesity
Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Type: Report
Region: United Kingdom

Obesity is a complex public health issue that is a growing threat to children’s health, as well as a current and future drain on National Health Service (NHS) resources. The Wanless Report stated that public health – the promotion of good health and the prevention of disease – should be central to the work of the NHS.2 Obesity already costs the NHS directly around £1 billion a year and the UK economy a further £2.3 to £2.6 billion in indirect costs. If this present trend continues, by 2010 the annual cost to the economy could be £3.6 billion a year.
This joint report from the Audit Commission, Healthcare Commission and the National Audit Office aims to identify how the barriers to creating a successful delivery chain can be addressed and makes recommendations about how the delivery chain might be strengthened and made more efficient as part of the need for the Departments to contribute to the Government’s wider efficiency programme.





Rights: © National Audit Office
Suggested citation:

Audit Cpmmission, The Healthcare Commission and The National Audit Office. (2006) Tackling Child Obesity - First Steps [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 22nd September 2019].


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