Summary slides with key findings from the 2022-23 Healthy Weight Needs Assessment.
Living with excess weight poses a significant challenge to living a healthy life. It is one of the leading causes of preventable early deaths, increasing the risks for a wide range of health. It is associated with worse mental health and lower educational attainment in children and needing to take more sick leave in adults. Excess weight also comes with high social costs due to its impact on residents’ quality of life and increased need for health and social care, costing an estimated 3% of the UK’s GDP.
The focus of this needs assessment is on preventing and addressing excess weight.