The effect of obesity on health and wellbeing is significant and growing in impact across the UK. As it stands 61% of adults and 30% of children in England are overweight or obese. Overweight and obesity associated health problems such as heart disease and type-2 diabetes already cost the NHS around £5 billion every year. Aside from obvious health problems, the effect can permeate all areas of people’s lives – making it more difficult to find and keep work and affecting emotional wellbeing and mental health.

The Young Foundation is working with the newly established South London Academic Health Sciences Network (AHSN) to co-design a high level obesity strategy and identify innovative and effective ways to support people to avoid or reverse unhealthy weight gain.

This strategy will draw on existing national and local good practice; assess evidence based, high impact and measurable innovations already happening; identify priorities for action; consider potential links with industry partners and explore how to speed up adoption and spread of innovations that work.

We will work with South London AHSN and its stakeholders to provide thought leadership and to disseminate the outputs from this project as widely as possible to other AHSNs.