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Obesity prevalence

Adults, 2019-2020

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3120
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Health Survey 2019/20. Available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201920 (last accessed 02.03.21)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2017-2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2315
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2016-2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2729
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2015-2016

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2912
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2014-2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3172
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2013-2014

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3454
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2012-2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3280
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2011-2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3342
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2010-2011

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2603
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2019-2020

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:663
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Health Survey 2019/20. Available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201920 (last accessed 02.03.21)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2017-2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:392
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Notes:NOTE SMALL SAMPLE SIZE
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2016-2017

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:384
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2015-2016

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:457
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2014-2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:511
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2013-2014

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:536
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2012-2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:538
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2011-2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:591
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2010-2011

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-15
Sample size:504
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2000

Survey type:Measured
Age:12
Sample size:2017
References:Watkins DC, Murray LJ, McCarron P, Boreham CAG, Cran GW, Young IS, McGartland C, Robson PJ, Savage JM. Ten-year trends for fatness in Northern Irish adolescents: the Young Hearts Projects - repeat cross-sectional study. International Journal of Obesity 2005;29:579-585
Notes:IOTF Cut off. Reference: Cole TJ, Bellizzi MC, Flegal KM, Dietz WH. Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: International survey. BMJ. 2000 May 6;320(7244):1240-3.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 1996

Survey type:Measured
Age:13-14
Sample size:2307
References:Yarnell JWG, McCrum EE, Patterson CC, Skidmore P, Shields MD, McMahon J, Evans AE. Prevalence and awareness of excess wieght in 13 and 14 year olds in Northern Ireland using recent international guidelines. Acta Paediatr 2001;90:1435-1439
Notes:IOTF Cut off. Reference: Cole TJ, Bellizzi MC, Flegal KM, Dietz WH. Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: International survey. BMJ. 2000 May 6;320(7244):1240-3.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 1989-1990

Survey type:Measured
Age:12
Sample size:1015
References:Watkins DC, Murray LJ, McCarron P, Boreham CAG, Cran GW, Young IS, McGartland C, Robson PJ, Savage JM. Ten-year trends for fatness in Northern Irish adolescents: the Young Hearts Projects - repeat cross-sectional study. International Journal of Obesity 2005;29:579-585
Notes:IOTF Cut off. Reference: Cole TJ, Bellizzi MC, Flegal KM, Dietz WH. Establishing a standard definition for child overweight and obesity worldwide: International survey. BMJ. 2000 May 6;320(7244):1240-3.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by education

Children, 2007-2008

Survey type:Measured
Age:9
Sample size:8568
References:Walsh, Brendan, and John Cullinan. “Decomposing Socioeconomic Inequalities in Childhood Obesity: Evidence from Ireland.” Economics & Human Biology, vol. 16, Jan. 2015, pp. 60–72, 10.1016/j.ehb.2014.01.003. Available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1570677X14000264. Accessed 25 May 2021.
Notes:Data from Growing Up in Ireland Study 2007/2008.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by age

Adults, 2019-2020

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:3120
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Health Survey 2019/20. Available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201920 (last accessed 02.03.21)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2017-2018

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:2315
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Health Survey 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718 (last accessed 30.01.19)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2017-2018

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:2315
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2016-2017

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:2,729
Area covered:National
References:Department of Health (2017). Health Survey Northern Ireland Technical report 2016/17. Department of health. Available from https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201617. [Last accessed 2nd Nov 2018].
Notes:IOTF cut-offs used
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2015-2016

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:2912
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2014-2015

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:3172
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2013-2014

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:3454
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland: First Results 2013/14. http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/hsni-first-results-13-14.pdf (last accessed 17 June 2015)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2013-2014

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:3454
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2012-2013

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:3280
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2011-2012

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:3342
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2010-2011

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:2603
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2019-2020

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:663
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Health Survey 2019/20. Available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201920 (last accessed 02.03.21)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2017-2018

Survey type:Measured
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2016-2017

Survey type:Measured
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2015-2016

Survey type:Measured
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2014-2015

Survey type:Measured
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2013-2014

Survey type:Measured
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2012-2013

Survey type:Measured
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2011-2012

Survey type:Measured
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2010-2011

Survey type:Measured
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by region

Adults, 2019-2020

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3120
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Health Survey 2019/20. Available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201920 (last accessed 02.03.21)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2017-2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2315
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Health Survey 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718 (last accessed 30.01.19)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2017-2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2315
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2015-2016

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2912
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2014-2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3172
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2013-2014

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3454
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/statistics/lcb/obesity-and-diet.htm (last accessed 18 June 2015)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2013-2014

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3454
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2012-2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3280
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/statistics/lcb/obesity-and-diet.htm (last accessed 18 June 2015)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2012-2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3280
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2011-2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3342
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2010-2011

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2603
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Boys, 2016-2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:4-6
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency - Childhood BMI (administrative geographies). Available at: https://www.ninis2.nisra.gov.uk/public/PivotGrid.aspx?ds=9971&lh=73&yn=2010-2018&sk=134&sn=Health+and+Social+Care&yearfilter=. Last accessed: 19.04.21.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Girls, 2016-2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:4-6
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency - Childhood BMI (administrative geographies). Available at: https://www.ninis2.nisra.gov.uk/public/PivotGrid.aspx?ds=9971&lh=73&yn=2010-2018&sk=134&sn=Health+and+Social+Care&yearfilter=. Last accessed: 19.04.21.
Cutoffs:IOTF

Children, 2012-2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-10
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/statistics/lcb/obesity-and-diet.htm (last accessed 18 June 2015)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Overweight/obesity by socio-economic group

Adults, 2019-2020

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3120
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Health Survey 2019/20. Available at https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201920 (last accessed 02.03.21)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2017-2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2315
Area covered:National
References:Northern Ireland Health Survey 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718 (last accessed 30.01.19)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2017-2018

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2315
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2015-2016

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2912
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2014-2015

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3172
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2013-2014

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3454
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/statistics/lcb/obesity-and-diet.htm (last accessed 18 June 2015)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2013-2014

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3454
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2012-2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3280
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/statistics/lcb/obesity-and-diet.htm (last accessed 18 June 2015)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2012-2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3280
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2011-2012

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:3342
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Adults, 2010-2011

Survey type:Measured
Age:16+
Sample size:2603
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland 2017/18. https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/health-survey-northern-ireland-first-results-201718(last accessed 14.07.20)
Unless otherwise noted, overweight refers to a BMI between 25kg and 29.9kg/m², obesity refers to a BMI greater than 30kg/m².

Children, 2012-2013

Survey type:Measured
Age:2-10
Area covered:National
References:Health Survey Northern Ireland: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk/index/statistics/lcb/obesity-and-diet.htm (last accessed 18 June 2015)
Cutoffs:IOTF

Boys, 2001-2002

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:2039
Area covered:National
References:Whelton H, Harrington J, Crowley E, Kelleher V, Cronin M, Perry IJ. Prevalence of overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland: results from the North South Survey of Children’s Height, Weight and Body Mass Index, 2002. BMC Public Health. 2007;7:187.
Notes:In NI disadvantage was classified according to whether the parents or guardians of the children or adolescents in the sample were in receipt of any Low-income Benefits. Comparison data with Republic of Ireland also available.
Cutoffs:Other

Girls, 2001-2002

Survey type:Measured
Sample size:2039
Area covered:National
References:Whelton H, Harrington J, Crowley E, Kelleher V, Cronin M, Perry IJ. Prevalence of overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland: results from the North South Survey of Children’s Height, Weight and Body Mass Index, 2002. BMC Public Health. 2007;7:187.
Notes:In NI disadvantage was classified according to whether the parents or guardians of the children or adolescents in the sample were in receipt of any Low-income Benefits. Comparison data with Republic of Ireland also available.
Cutoffs:Other

Policies, Interventions and Actions

Advertising and Sponsorship Policy (UK-wide policy)

The Advertising and Sponsorship Policy approved by Bristol City Council restricts the marketing of food and drinks high in fat, sugar and/or salt. The policy covers all advertising generated by the Council itself and advertising and sponsorship by third parties on Bristol City Council-owned sites.

Categories:Evidence of Marketing Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2021 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Bristol City Council
Linked document:Download linked document
References:https://news.bristol.gov.uk/news/new-rules-to-reduce-unhealthy-food-ads-in-bristol#:~:text=Under%20the%20policy%2C%20ads%20that,sites%20such%20as%20bus%20shelters.

Trans-fat policy (UK-wide policy)

The content of trans fat, other than trans fat naturally occurring in fat of animal origin, in food intended for the final consumer and food intended for supply to retail, shall not exceed 2 grams per 100 grams of fat.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2021 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:The content of trans fat, other than trans fat naturally occurring in fat of animal origin, in food intended for the final consumer and food intended for supply to retail, shall not exceed 2 grams per 100 grams of fat.
Find out more:extranet.who.int
References:Countdown to 2023: WHO report on global trans-fat elimination 2020. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2020. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO

Trans-fat policy

The content of trans fat, other than trans fat naturally occurring in fat of animal origin, in food intended for the final consumer and food intended for supply to retail, shall not exceed 2 grams per 100 grams of fat.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2021 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:The content of trans fat, other than trans fat naturally occurring in fat of animal origin, in food intended for the final consumer and food intended for supply to retail, shall not exceed 2 grams per 100 grams of fat.
Find out more:extranet.who.int
References:Countdown to 2023: WHO report on global trans-fat elimination 2020. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2020. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO

Calorie reduction: guidelines for the food industry (UK-wide policy)

This report sets out the calorie reduction ambitions for all food industry sectors, including: the approach to calorie reduction and reformulation, the different ambitions set across food industry sectors recognising that more action is required in the eating out, takeaway and delivery sectors, food products included in the categories and baseline figures for the different food sectors

Categories:Industry/Government regulations - voluntary /pledges
Year(s):2020 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Public Health England
Find out more:www.gov.uk
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References:Calorie reduction: guidelines for the food industry. A technical report outlining guidelines for industry, 2017 baseline calorie levels and next steps. Public Health England. Available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/calorie-reduction-guidelines-for-the-food-industry (last accessed 11.09.20)

Policy paper, Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives (UK-wide policy)

Categories:Evidence of National Obesity Strategy/Policy or Action plan
Year(s):2020 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Department of Health and Social Care
Find out more:www.gov.uk
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References:Policy paper, Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives, Published 27 July 2020.

A Fitter Future for All, Reviewed Outcome Framework 2019-2022

This document contains new outcomes to aid implementation of the Framework. The short term outcomes identified in 2012 were revised for 2015-2019 and have now been revised for a final time for implementation during 2019-2022. Targets of the framework include: Adults – To reduce the level of obesity by 4% and overweight and obesity by 3% by 2022. Children – A 3% reduction of obesity and 2% reduction of overweight and obesity by 2022.

Categories (partial):Evidence of National Obesity Strategy/Policy or Action plan
Year(s):2019-2022
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Obesity Prevention Steering Group, the Regional Obesity Prevention Steering Group, other Departments and agencies.
Find out more:www.health-ni.gov.uk
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Soft drinks industry levy

The Soft Drinks Industry Levy is a mandatory tax on the amount of sugar present in soft drinks in the UK. It is a two-tiered tax, affecting both manufacturers and importers of soft drinks. This levy was introduced by the UK Government in March 2016 and was enforced in April 2018 as a method of reducing the levels of sugar being consumed through soft drinks.

Categories:Taxation/Subsidies on Food or Beverages or law relating to public health
Year(s):2018 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:UK Government
Find out more:www.gov.uk
References:https://www.gov.uk/topic/business-tax/soft-drinks-industry-levy

Healthy Active Schools System (HASS) (UK-wide policy)

This is a free tool devised and delivered by a UK children’s activity provider 'Fit For Sport.' It is an online activity measurement tool which allows schools to track, monitor and evaluate children’s activity levels in schools.

Categories:Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2017 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Fit For Sport
Find out more:www.healthyactiveschools.co.uk

School Fruit, Vegetables and Milk Scheme (UK-wide policy)

"Applicable since 1 August 2017, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme combines two previous schemes (the school fruit and vegetables scheme and the school milk scheme) under a single legal framework for more efficiency and an enhanced focus on health and educational. The scheme supports the distribution of products, educational measures and information measures. The scheme supports the distribution of fruit, vegetables, milk and certain milk products to schoolchildren, from nursery to secondary school. EU countries approve a list of products (in collaboration with their health and nutrition authorities) which will help achieve the schemes objective of helping children to follow a healthy diet. Priority is for fresh fruit and vegetables and for plain milk. In order to support a varied diet and/or specific nutritional needs, EU countries may also make processed fruit and vegetables such as juices and soups and certain milk products such as yoghurt and cheese, available. Additionally, under stricter conditions, milk-based drinks may be included." - EU Commission

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2017 (ongoing)
Organisation:European Commission
Find out more:ec.europa.eu
References:https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/key-policies/common-agricultural-policy/market-measures/school-fruit-vegetables-and-milk-scheme/school-scheme-explained_en

School Fruit, Vegetables and Milk Scheme

"Applicable since 1 August 2017, the EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme combines two previous schemes (the school fruit and vegetables scheme and the school milk scheme) under a single legal framework for more efficiency and an enhanced focus on health and educational. The scheme supports the distribution of products, educational measures and information measures. The scheme supports the distribution of fruit, vegetables, milk and certain milk products to schoolchildren, from nursery to secondary school. EU countries approve a list of products (in collaboration with their health and nutrition authorities) which will help achieve the schemes objective of helping children to follow a healthy diet. Priority is for fresh fruit and vegetables and for plain milk. In order to support a varied diet and/or specific nutritional needs, EU countries may also make processed fruit and vegetables such as juices and soups and certain milk products such as yoghurt and cheese, available. Additionally, under stricter conditions, milk-based drinks may be included." - EU Commission

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2017 (ongoing)
Organisation:European Commission
Find out more:ec.europa.eu
References:https://ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/key-policies/common-agricultural-policy/market-measures/school-fruit-vegetables-and-milk-scheme/school-scheme-explained_en

EU nutrient content lists (UK-wide policy)

Passed in 2011, EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers requires a list of the nutrient content of most pre-packaged food to be provided on the back of the pack from 13 December 2016.

Categories:Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Year(s):2016 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:European Commission
Find out more:eur-lex.europa.eu

EU nutrient content lists

Passed in 2011, EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers requires a list of the nutrient content of most pre-packaged food to be provided on the back of the pack from 13 December 2016.

Categories:Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Year(s):2016 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:European Commission
Find out more:eur-lex.europa.eu

Guide to creating a front of pack (FoP) nutrition label for pre-packed products sold through retail outlets (UK-wide policy)

This guidance supports the development of front of pack (FoP) nutrition labels that are compliant with the UK Health Ministers. Recommendation on the use of colour coding as an additional form of expression and with EU Regulation No. 1169/2011 on the provision of food in formation to consumers (EU FIC). The provision of FoP information remains voluntary, but if provided it must meet the requirements set out in the EU FIC. UPDATED 2016

Categories:Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Year(s):2016 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:The guidance was developed by the Department of Health, the Food Standards Agency, and devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in collaboration with the British Retail Consortium.
Find out more:www.gov.uk
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References:Guide to creating a front of pack (FoP) nutrition label for pre-packed products sold through retail outlets. Updated 2016. Available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/566251/FoP_Nutrition_labelling_UK_guidance.pdf (last accessed 30.10.20)

Guide to creating a front of pack (FoP) nutrition label for pre-packed products sold through retail outlets

This guidance supports the development of front of pack (FoP) nutrition labels that are compliant with the UK Health Ministers. Recommendation on the use of colour coding as an additional form of expression and with EU Regulation No. 1169/2011 on the provision of food in formation to consumers (EU FIC). The provision of FoP information remains voluntary, but if provided it must meet the requirements set out in the EU FIC. UPDATED 2016

Categories (partial):Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Year(s):2016 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:The guidance was developed by the Department of Health, the Food Standards Agency, and devolved administrations in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in collaboration with the British Retail Consortium.
Find out more:www.gov.uk
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References:Guide to creating a front of pack (FoP) nutrition label for pre-packed products sold through retail outlets. Updated 2016. Available at https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/566251/FoP_Nutrition_labelling_UK_guidance.pdf (last accessed 30.10.20)

Soft Drinks Levy (UK-wide policy)

Soft Drinks Industry Levy which encourages producers to reduce added sugar_x000D__x000D_ content in drinks, market low sugar alternatives, and reduce portion sizes for_x000D__x000D_ high sugar drinks.

Categories:Taxation/Subsidies on Food or Beverages or law relating to public health
Year(s):2016 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:HM Revenue and Customs
Find out more:www.gov.uk
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References:HM Revenue and Customs. Soft drinks Industry Levy. Available from: https://www.gov.uk/topic/business-tax/soft-drinks-industry-levy [Last accessed 13 December 2018]._x000D__x000D_ _x000D__x000D_ http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/264/pdfs/uksi_20180264_en.pdf

The Child's Obesity Strategy (UK-wide policy)

This report calls for a ban on fast food takeaway deliveries to schools and the introduction of initiatives such as new classifications on unhealthy food and loyalty cards to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic in the UK.

Categories:Non-national obesity strategies
Year(s):2016 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Published by Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the Youth Health Movement and Slimming World.
Find out more:www.rsph.org.uk
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Walk to School Week (UK-wide policy)

Walk to School Week is a project run by the UK charity 'Living Streets.' It uses various campaigns and projects to overcome barriers to walking and encourage millions of people in the UK to walk.

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2016 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Living Streets
Find out more:www.livingstreets.org.uk

Changing Gear: A bicyle strategy for Northern Ireland

The Department for Infrastructure has outlined the kind of cycling community hoped to be seen in Northern Ireland in 25 years. The vision is “a community where people have the freedom and confidence to travel by bicycle for every day journeys”.

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2015 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Department for Infrastructure
Find out more:www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
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Guidelines on Preventing excess weight gain (NICE) (UK-wide policy)

Guidelines on how to prevent becoming overweight/obese, including interventions and activities in which weight is not the primary outcome, such as those aimed at preventing cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes, improving mental wellbeing or increasing active travel.

Categories (partial):Evidence of National Obesity Strategy/Policy or Action plan
Year(s):2015 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:National Institute for health care and excellence (NICE)
Find out more:www.nice.org.uk
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References:National Institute for health care and excellence (2015). Preventing excess weight gain. Available from: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng7/resources/preventing-excess-weight-gain-pdf-51045164485. [Accessed 14 December 2018].

Preventing excess weight gain (NICE Guidelines NG7) (UK-wide policy)

These guidelines makes recommendations on behaviours that may help people maintain a healthy weight or prevent excess weight gain.

Categories:Non-national obesity strategies
Year(s):2015 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Find out more:www.nice.org.uk
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School Food Regulations 2014 (No. 1603) (UK-wide policy)

Applicable to school lunches and food provided to students on school premises, will come into force 1 January 2015. These replace the School Food Standards of 2007.

Categories:Taxation/Subsidies on Food or Beverages or law relating to public health
Year(s):2015 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Government
Find out more:www.legislation.gov.uk
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Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation 2015 (UK-wide policy)

'This cross-government strategy will tackle head on the flatlining levels of sport participation and high levels of inactivity in this country. Through this strategy, government is redefining what success in sport means, with a new focus on five key outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.'

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2015 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Department of Culture, Media and Sport
Find out more:www.gov.uk
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The Food Standards Agency's Strategy for 2015-2020 (UK-wide policy)

'The FSA Strategy 2015 -20 reinvigorates our pledge to put consumers first in everything we do, so that food is safe and what it says it is, that we have access to an affordable healthy diet, and can make informed choices about what we eat, now and in the future.'

Categories (partial):Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2015-2020
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Food Standards Agency
Find out more:www.food.gov.uk
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Thrive Plymouth (UK-wide policy)

Thrive Plymouth is a ten year programme which aims to improve health and wellbeing in Plymouth and narrow the gap in health status between people in the city. Its objective is to generate collective action for social change around the main lifestyle choices that determine health and wellbeing in Plymouth. The programme will encourage and enable partners (residents, organisations, institutions) to support positive lifestyle choices in different settings. It encourages eating a healthy diet, leading active lifestyle, drinking sensibly and not smoking. Year one focus was the workplace, year two focus was schools and year three will be focused on the 'One You' campaign.

Categories:Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2015 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Plymouth City Council
Find out more:www.plymouth.gov.uk

Annual weigh-in (UK-wide policy)

Assessment of the Academy's 10 recommendations for obesity one year on.

Categories (partial):Health Effectiveness Reviews (obesity related)
Year(s):2014 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Academy of Royal Colleges
Find out more:www.aomrc.org.uk

European Union (EU) Action Plan on Childhood Obesity 2014-2020 (UK-wide policy)

EU Action plan. To contribute to halting the rise in overweight and obesity in children and young people (0-18 years) by 2020

Categories:Transnational Obesity Strategies/Policy or Action Plan
Year(s):2014-2020
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Ministry of Health
Find out more:ec.europa.eu
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References:EU Action Plan on Childhood Table of contents [Internet]. Available from: https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/nutrition_physical_activity/docs/childhoodobesity_actionplan_2014_2020_en.pdf ‌

European Union (EU) Action Plan on Childhood Obesity 2014-2020

EU Action plan. To contribute to halting the rise in overweight and obesity in children and young people (0-18 years) by 2020

Categories:Transnational Obesity Strategies/Policy or Action Plan
Year(s):2014-2020
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Ministry of Health
Find out more:ec.europa.eu
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References:EU Action Plan on Childhood Table of contents [Internet]. Available from: https://ec.europa.eu/health/sites/health/files/nutrition_physical_activity/docs/childhoodobesity_actionplan_2014_2020_en.pdf ‌

GP Guidance: Management of nutrition following bariatric surgery (UK-wide policy)

This guideline assumes that the bariatric centre will provide the first two years of_x000D__x000D_ follow up for the patient before discharging back to the care of the General_x000D__x000D_ Practitioner.

Categories:Evidence of Management/treatment guidelines
Year(s):2014 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:British Obesity & Metabolic Surgery Society. GP Guidance: Management of nutrition following bariatric surgery August 2014
Find out more:www.bomss.org.uk
References:http://www.bomss.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/GP_Guidance-Final-version-1Oct141.pdf

MAN v FAT (UK-wide policy)

Man V Fat is a digital magazine and social media community designed to support and champion men who want to lose weight. It also runs bootcamps and football leagues for men with a BMI of 30+.

Categories:Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2014 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults
Organisation:Andrew Shanahan, a writer for The Guardian, The Times and Loaded.
Find out more:manvfat.com

National Clinical Guidelines: Obesity (UK-wide policy)

Clinical guidelines for the identification, assessment and management of overweight and obesity in children, young people and adults

Categories:Evidence of Management/treatment guidelines
Year(s):2014 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
Find out more:www.nice.org.uk

Food in Schools Policy

The Food in Schools Policy is an overarching policy advocating a whole school approach to all food provided in schools, and to the development of the necessary knowledge and skills in relation to healthy eating and lifestyles. It was developed jointly by both DHSSPS and DE in response to concerns about rising levels of overweight and obesity in children and young people.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):2013 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Department of Health, Social Services, and Public Safety and the Department of Education
Find out more:www.education-ni.gov.uk
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Measuring Up: The medical profession's prescription for the nation's obesity crisis (UK-wide policy)

A report suggesting a number of policy measures to tackle obesity, a ban on junk food advertising before 9pm and recommendations on reducing the proximity of fast food outlets to schools.

Categories:Evidence of Marketing Guidelines/Policy
Categories (partial):Evidence of National Obesity Strategy/Policy or Action plan
Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Year(s):2013 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
Find out more:www.aomrc.org.uk
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Out to Lunch (UK-wide policy)

This campaign works with restaurants and pub chains to improve the food and service offered to children and families when they eat out on the high street. With the help of a team of ‘secret diner’ parents, the campaign compiled an ‘Out to Lunch’ league table, ranking 21 of Britain’s top high street chains. Out to Lunch aims to improve healthy menu development and encourages good sourcing and preparation practices.

Categories:Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Year(s):2013 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:The Soil Association
Find out more:www.soilassociation.org

Fitter future for all

The cross-departmental framework for preventing overweight and obesity across the life course of the population of Northern Ireland, was published in 2012 and contains a range of short, medium and long term outcomes to be delivered over the period 2012-2022. The framework aims to reduce obesity in both adults and children by increasing the proportion of people eating a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet and meeting guidelines for daily physical activity.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Non-national obesity strategies
Year(s):2012-2022
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Department of Health
Find out more:www.health-ni.gov.uk
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Multidisciplinary Tier 3 weight management service (UK-wide policy)

Evaluation of this multi-disciplinary approach using focus groups revealed that participants_x000D__x000D_ described high levels of satisfaction. A Tier 3 weight management service for obese patients with complex co-morbidity was successfully delivered in a primary care setting with a full multidisciplinary team. Health outcomes were good compared with existing services.

Categories:Evidence of Multidisciplinary Intervention
Year(s):2011 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults
Organisation:Jennings et al 2014
Find out more:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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References:Jennings et al 2014. Evaluation of a multidisciplinary Tier 3 weight management service for adults with morbid obesity, or obesity and comorbidities, based in primary care. Clinical Obesity. doi: 10.1111/cob.12066

Start Active, Stay Active (UK-wide policy)

A UK-wide document that presents guidelines on the volume, duration, frequency and type of physical activity required across the life course to achieve general health benefits. It is aimed at the NHS, local authorities and a range of other organisations designing services to promote physical activity.

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2011 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Department of Health, Physical Activity, Health Improvement and Protection
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Nutritional standards for other food and drink in schools - a guide to implementation

This publication details the nutritional standards for other food and drinks in schools, which all grant‑aided schools should adhere to. This publication provides details of the standards as they apply to all food and drinks served outside of lunch time, which will include, breakfast clubs, break time services such as tuck shops, vending machines and after schools clubs. It also explains the reasons why nutritional standards have been introduced and offers practical advice on how to implement the standards

Categories:Evidence of National Obesity Strategy/Policy or Action plan
Year(s):2008 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Department of Education, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Health Promotion Agency of Northern Ireland
Find out more:www.education-ni.gov.uk
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Nutritional standards for school lunches - a guide for implementation

This publication details the nutritional standards for school lunches, which all grant‑aided schools must adhere to. The standards apply to nursery, primary and post‑primary schools, and apply to all free and paid lunches

Categories:Evidence of National Obesity Strategy/Policy or Action plan
Year(s):2007 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Department of Education, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Health Promotion Agency of Northern Ireland
Find out more:www.education-ni.gov.uk
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EU health and nutrient claims regulation (UK-wide policy)

Regulation nº 1924/2006 establishes EU-wide rules on the use of specified health and nutrient claims. The European Commission approves claims provided they are based on scientific evidence and accessible consumers. The European Food Safety Authority is responsible for evaluating the scientific evidence supporting health claims. Nutrition claims may only be used on food defined as "healthy" by a nutrient profile.

Categories:Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Year(s):2006 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:European Commission
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References:https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32006R1924

EU health and nutrient claims regulation

Regulation nº 1924/2006 establishes EU-wide rules on the use of specified health and nutrient claims. The European Commission approves claims provided they are based on scientific evidence and accessible consumers. The European Food Safety Authority is responsible for evaluating the scientific evidence supporting health claims. Nutrition claims may only be used on food defined as "healthy" by a nutrient profile.

Categories:Labelling Regulation/Guidelines
Year(s):2006 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:European Commission
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References:https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32006R1924

Game Plan, Strategy for delivering the Government's sport and physical activity objectives (UK-wide policy)

This document describes the United Kingdom's Government objectives for sport and physical activity and identifies ways of improving Government support. It was published in 2002 by two government departments: the Social Exclusion Unit and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The overall objectives of the plan are to increase the participation of all people in sport and to improve results in international competition.

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):2002-2020
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Find out more:www.sportdevelopment.org.uk
References:DCMS/Strategy Unit. (2002) Game plan: A strategy for delivering government's sport and physical activity objectives. London: Cabinet Office

The Eatwell Plate (UK-wide policy)

The United Kingdom published its first national food model in 1994, and it has been updated since then. The national food model, then known as ‘The Balance of Good Health’, was launched in 1994. It was revised and named ‘The eatwell plate’ in 2007. The most recent model, the Eatwell Guide, was published in March 2016. The revision of the eatwell plate to the Eatwell Guide in 2016 was led by Public Health England in association with Food Standards Scotland, the Welsh Government and by the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland. The Eatwell Guide has been accepted across UK government departments.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Year(s):1994 (ongoing)
Target age group:Adults and children
Find out more:www.gov.uk
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References:http://www.fao.org/nutrition/education/food-dietary-guidelines/regions/countries/united-kingdom/en/

UK Code of Broadcast Advertising (BCAP Code) (UK-wide policy)

Statutory rules on advertisements for HFSS foods on TV channels dedicated to children. These regulations ban the advertising of food high in fat, sugar, and salt (as defined by a nutrient profiling model) during television programs that have particular appeal to children aged younger than 16 years. Since 2011, the provisions of the Code of Advertising Practice now apply to advertisers own websites and advertising on social media sites.

Categories:Evidence of Marketing Guidelines/Policy
Year(s):1961 (ongoing)
Target age group:Children
Organisation:UK Code of Broadcast Advertising (BCAP Code)
Find out more:www.cap.org.uk
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CAP non-broadcast code

"The CAP non-broadcast code has rules that cover non-broadcast advertising (for example print, online), sales promotion and direct marketing (such as telesales and email). The code specifies standards for accuracy and honesty that businesses must stick to, including specific conditions, such as: advertising to children" - UK Gov. The CAP non-broadcast code includes Mandatory regulation of food advertising in non-broadcast media.

Categories:Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Target age group:Children
Organisation:UK Government
Find out more:www.asa.org.uk
References:https://www.gov.uk/marketing-advertising-law/advertising-codes-of-practice

Commercial promotion of food to children

"A combination of statutory and government-approved private sector self-regulation techniques are used to control the commercial promotion of food to children. Statutory rules apply to child-targeted television advertisements for HFSS foods as defined by the nutrient profiling scheme developed by the Food Standards Agency. “Child-targeted” marketing is defined as marketing during preschool children’s programmes, during programmes made for children under the age of 16 in children’s airtime, and youth-oriented programming that attracts a significantly higher-than-average proportion of viewers younger than 16 years (the proportion of viewers under 16 is 20% higher than the general viewing population). The rules apply to commercial and public service broadcast channels and all cable and satellite channels. The objectives are to limit children’s exposure to advertising for HFSS products and to restrict the use of advertising techniques appealing to children." - WHO

Categories:Evidence of Marketing Guidelines/Policy
Target age group:Children
References:https://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/155436/e96047.pdf

Living Streets (UK-wide policy)

UK charity campaigning to get everyone out walking more

Categories:Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Target age group:Adults and children
Organisation:Living Streets
Find out more:www.livingstreets.org.uk

re:balance (UK-wide policy)

Weight loss programme based in Camden or Islington. You can either refer yourself or a GP can refer you._x000D__x000D_ Rebalance is a 12 week, group, weight-loss programme of exercise and dietary advice for overweight or obese adults. It covers nutritional advice, healthy-eating guidance, online, cognitive behavioural support and help to get active.

Categories:Evidence of Community Interventions/Campaign
Categories (partial):Evidence of Nutritional or Health Strategy/ Guidelines/Policy/Action plan
Evidence of Physical Activity Guidelines/Policy
Target age group:Adults
Find out more:www.camden.gov.uk

The Family Project (a multi-disciplinary family-based programme for treating childhood obesity) (UK-wide policy)

A multi-component family focused education package involving physical activity sessions and educational workshops focusing on; healthy eating, physical activity, reducing sedentary behaviour, behaviour change and psychological well being. Workshops were also delivered by a multi-disciplinary team comprising; a dietitian, physical activity health promotion officer, an educational or clinical psychologist and 2-3 physical activity instructors.

Categories:Evidence of Multidisciplinary Intervention
Target age group:Children
Organisation:Coppins et al 2011
Find out more:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
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References:Coppins et al 2011. Effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary family-based programme for treating childhood obesity (the Family Project). Eur J Clin Nutr. 2011 Aug;65(8):903-9.

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