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State of the Nation's Waistline

The purpose of this report is threefold. Firstly, to analyse existing research in order to offer an assessment on the scale of obesity in the UK and to consider how this might ether increase or decrease in the future.

Secondly, to summarise and review UK policy regarding weight management and obesity, and to provide comment on its effectiveness.

Thirdly, to offer recommendations as to what changes are necessary to reduce obesity levels in the UK.

This report has been prepared and written on behalf of the National Obesity Forum, a charity formed in 2000 with the remit of raising awareness of obesity in the UK and promoting the ways in which it can be addressed, including public-facing initiatives and the training of clinicians and healthcare professionals on how to identify and address weight management issues and obesity.

The report is being released to coincide with the start of National Obesity Awareness Week 2014, a National Obesity Forum campaign to raise public awareness of obesity and the ways it can be tackled at governmental levels through the promotion of some policies and changes to others, and at a personal level through achievable and manageable lifestyle changes.