Use of data from the Health Survey for England in obesity policy making and monitoring
Oyebode O, Mindell J
This paper reviews government documents demonstrating the contribution of Health Survey for England examination data to every stage of the policy making process:
- quantifying the obesity problem in England (e.g. Chief Medical Officer's reports);
- identifying inequalities in the burden of obesity (Acheson report);
- modelling potential future scenarios (Foresight);
- setting and monitoring specific, measurable, attainable targets (calorie reduction challenge - in manufacturers' Responsibility Deal);
- developing and informing strategies and clinical guidance; and
- evaluating the success of obesity strategies (Healthy Weights, Healthy Lives progress report).
Measurement data are needed and used by governments to produce evidence-based strategies to combat obesity.
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