Actions to address the greatest public health challenge of our generation – obesity – announced

A consultation on the Welsh Government's new plan to combat the greatest public health challenge facing Wales – obesity – has been launched by Health Minister Vaughan Gething.

Called 'Healthy Weight: Healthy Wales', the consultation outlines the actions to be taken to help people in Wales maintain a healthy weight.

The UK has one of the highest levels of obesity in Western Europe. In Wales, twenty seven percent of four-five year olds and sixty percent of our adults are overweight.

Being overweight increases the risk of developing major health conditions such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers. It is also a risk to people's mental health leading to low self-esteem, depression and anxiety.

The proposals set out in the consultation have a strong focus on prevention and are supported by research and international evidence from Public Health Wales into what can help the people to be a healthy weight.