10 Oct 2019

Responding to the publication of Dame Sally Davies’s independent report Time to Solve Childhood Obesity, the BDA has welcomed the wide ranging set of proposals put forward by the country’s most senior medical professional.

BDA Chair Caroline Bovey BEM said;

“This is a very bold and ambitious set of proposals; a really comprehensive list of many of the key policy changes that are necessary to not only help reduce the rate of childhood obesity, but to improve health and well-being for all children in England.

“The Government must seriously consider and take forward these proposals as a matter of priority. Although steps have been taken in Chapters 1 and 2 of the Childhood Obesity Plan, it is clear much more is needed and that some of their policies have not gone far enough. Strengthening marketing restrictions, better support for breastfeeding, addressing portion sizes and significantly bolstering weight management services at all tiers are just some of important suggestions we believe Ministers must take forward.

“Many of these proposals will require not just political will, but resources and money. Public Health budgets have been cut significantly in the past ten years, and the recently promised increases will do very little to fill the significant funding hole that now exists. The Government needs to recognise the significant costs that obesity and related conditions have on people’s lives and on the NHS, and that investment will pay substantial dividends in the long term.

“Dame Sally has also clearly identified the wide range of government departments, organisations and others that will need to be involved to develop and implement these policies. We strongly believe that dietitians have the expertise and experience to play a central role in managing childhood obesity, and the British Dietetic Association stands ready to support the Government to make this ambitious strategy a reality.”


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Notes to the Editor:

  • The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 9,500 members.
  • Dietitians are highly qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. They are statutorily regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), alongside other Allied Health Professions.
  • Dietitians use the most up to date public health and scientific research on food, health and disease, which they translate into practical guidance to enable people to make appropriate lifestyle and food choices. They work in the NHS, private practice, industry, education, research, sport, media and government. Their advice influences food and health policy across the spectrum from government and global industry to local communities and individuals.