The Bournemouth and Poole Healthy Weight for Children Strategy has been
developed as a local response to the cross-government paper; Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives . This was developed as a policy priority to tackle the emerging rise in overweight and obesity observed within our children over the past few decades.
The government paper provides insight into future trends and consequences of
obesity. It is estimated that nearly a quarter of people in England are already
obese. This could result in a doubling of direct healthcare costs, and an increase in the wider costs to society and business, reaching a possible £49.9 billion by