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As part of shaping the policy agenda, Intelligent Health regularly respond to public consultations arranged by the government, devolved administrations, parliamentary committees and other key stakeholders. Our evidence submissions are informed through insight and data obtained in our programmes and those we work with.

 Intelligent Health’s mission is to create resilience and improve health by connecting people to each other, their communities and their environment. We do this through engagement of communities at scale, sharing knowledge of the foundations of good health, and by using data and evaluation to deliver actionable insight. The vision is simple; to transform people’s health through small changes that make a big difference. 

The Food, Diet and Obesity Committee has called for written evidence for its inquiry into the role of foods, such as ‘ultra-processed foods’, and foods high in fat, salt and sugar, in a healthy diet and tackling obesity.

The Committee is seeking written submissions addressing the following topics in relation to food, diet and obesity in England (as well as comparisons with approaches across the rest of the UK and in other countries).

  • Key trends in food, diet and obesity, and the primary drivers of obesity, including the evidential base for identifying these trends.
  • The impacts of obesity on health, including on children and adolescent health outcomes, and the influence of pre- and post-natal nutrition on the risk of subsequent obesity.
  • The definition of a) ultra-processed food (UPF) and b) foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) and their usefulness as terminologies for describing and assessing such products.
  • How consumers can recognise UPF and HFSS foods, including the role of labelling, packaging and advertising, the cost and availability of such foods and their impact on health outcomes.
  • The role of the food and drink industry in driving food and diet trends and on the policymaking process.
  • Lessons learned from international policy and practice, and from the devolved administrations, on diet-related obesity prevention.
  • The effectiveness of Government planning and policymaking processes in relation to food and drink policy and tackling obesity, including the impact of recent policy tools and legislative measures intended to prevent obesity.
  • Future policy tools that could prove effective in preventing obesity.

Dr William Bird MBE,  Practising GP, Founder and CEO of Intelligent Health said:

“Obesity is a complex issue with many contributing factors, including diet and food choices. The call for evidence from the Food, Diet and Obesity Committee is a crucial step in understanding these links and finding effective solutions. It is vital that we prioritise prevention and education to address this growing public health crisis. Alongside diet and food choices, physical activity plays a key role in preventing and managing obesity in both adults and children. It is essential that we promote regular exercise and movement as part of a healthy lifestyle to improve overall health and wellbeing.”

Read our response below:

Food, Diet and Obesity Committee Inquiry into Food, Diet and Obesity. Evidence submitted by Intelligent Health – April 2024

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Watch Dr. William Bird’s ‘Chat with a GP’ 10-minute talk on Ultra-processed foods as part of Intelligent Health’s Roots Health Academy programme: