Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to incorporate research and evidence into healthy nutrition and physical activity into the Government’s ageing society target of five healthier, more independent years of life as identified in the Industrial Strategy.
The Department’s consultation document ‘Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s’, was published in July 2019. It sets out proposals to support the achievement of the Ageing Society Grand Challenge Mission for everyone to enjoy five extra years of healthy, independent living by 2035 whilst narrowing the gap between the richest and poorest.
‘Advancing our Health’ included the third chapter of the childhood obesity plan which sets out further measures to help meet our ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030 and significantly reduce the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030. All chapters of the plan were informed by the latest research and emerging evidence, including from debates in Parliament and various reports from key stakeholders. We have also captured analysis from the National Institute for Health Research Obesity Policy Research Unit, which was established as part of the initial plan, through £5 million investment over five years.
Government nutrition advice is underpinned by the best available scientific evidence, which is regularly reviewed by the Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition. In the United Kingdom the Eatwell Guide represents current government recommendations on a healthy, balanced diet to promote long term health at a population level. The Eatwell Guide applies to most people over the age of five and is available to view at the following link:
The UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines published in September 2019 reflect the most up to date review of evidence for muscle and balance health. These guidelines provide recommendations and targets for different age groups and for people with disability.
‘Advancing our Health: Prevention in the 2020s’ is available at the following link:
Found: Healthy Ageing Research Group, University of Manchester – Written evidence (INQ0072)
Found: Science and Technology Committee consultation on ageing. This response was informed by previous Academy
Found: The Physiological Society IBH0045 Written evidence from The Physiological Society Building on its
Corrected oral evidence: Ageing: science, technology and healthy living
Tuesday 3 March 2020
Uncorrected oral evidence: Ageing: science, technology and healthy living
Tuesday 3 March 2020
1. Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living (Science and Technology Committee Report)
20/10/2021 - Grand Committee
1: Science and Technology Committee Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living (1st Report, Session 2019-21 - Speech Link
2: and Technology Committee report Ageing: Science, Technology and Healthy Living. I thank the Minister for - Speech Link
3: people can enjoy at least 5 extra healthy, independent years of life by 2035, while narrowing the gap - Speech Link
2. Obesity Strategy 2020
27/05/2021 - Commons Chamber
1: House has considered implementing the 2020 Obesity Strategy.I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member - Speech Link
3. Obesity: Covid-19
10/11/2020 - Westminster Hall
1: support the new call list system and ensure that social distancing can be respected. Before they use them - Speech Link
2: Obesity is one of the country’s greatest health challenges. The UK has, unfortunately, the highest - Speech Link
3: Chinese takeaway five nights a week with two bottles of Coke. It was not the way to live life, but I had a - Speech Link
4. Tokyo Nutrition for Growth Summit
28/01/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: given to formulating their pledge at the Tokyo Nutrition for Growth 2020 summit, and what they are doing - Speech Link
2: co-chair of the APPG on Nutrition for Growth. Nutrition is so foundational to human life that it intersects - Speech Link
5. Children and Young People: Obesity
17/04/2018 - Lords Chamber