Public health

This page explores research into the health impacts of people being obese and overweight, and the ways in which public health bodies encourage people to live in a healthier way, including by walking and cycling more.

Being overweight or obese could cause around 700,000 new UK cancers by 2035
UK Health Forum, 7/01/16

There will be 700,000 new cancer cases in the UK by 2035 because of people being obese and overweight, with the health impacts costing the NHS an additional £2.5 billion a year.

Report: Easier said than done - why we struggle with health behaviours and what to do about it
RSA, UK, 22/12/15

Explores the reasons why people struggle to live in a way that they know is healthy, including through walking more.

Health Survey for England, 2014
Health & Social Care Information Centre, UK, 16/12/15

Around a quarter of adults in England were obese in 2014.

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