Tackling the causes and effects of obesity

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Corporate author(s)
Local Government Association (England and Wales)
Local Government Association
Date of publication
1 January 2015
Health Services
Social welfare
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The transfer of public health responsibilities from the NHS to local government and Public Health England (PHE) represents a unique opportunity to set out a local approach to tackling obesity and change the focus from treatment to prevention. The Local Government Association is calling on government to help people live healthier lives and tackle the harm caused by obesity by reinvesting a fifth of existing VAT raised on sweets and sugary drinks and of the duty raised on alcohol in preventative measures to support an environment and a culture where a balanced and healthy diet is the norm and appropriate physical activity is available to everyone.