HL Deb 08 March 2004 vol 658 c143WA
Lord Clement-Jones

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to appoint an obesity tsar to address the problems of those who are obese, and prevent increases in their number. [HL1426]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health(Lord Warner)

The Government are not considering the appointment of an obesity tsar. Action to prevent obesity is already integral to the national service frameworks (NSF) on coronary heart disease (CHD), diabetes, older people and the forthcoming children's NSF. These set standards for action on nutrition and exercise, and for tackling obesity. Clinical tsars—including those for CHD, cancer, diabetes, and children—all highlight obesity as a key area of concern.

The public health White Paper will provide the overarching framework for all government efforts to improve public health and to progress work on the prevention and management of overweight and obesity.

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