Tag Archives: Health Behaviour and Inequality

HERU research theme

Lancet editorial on north-south divide

The Lancet has an editorial highlighting an article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health which identified economic and health disparities between the north and south of England. The article reported that in past 20 years overall mortality is 20% higher in the north of England than in the south. The Lancet editorial concludes that UK government policy reports have not been an incentive for hard action.

Public Health England childhood obesity plan

Public Health England (PHE) have announced the next stage of their plan to tackle childhood obesity. This will involve setting the ambition of a calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the food children consume the most. This is likely to include ready meals, pizzas, burgers etc… In addition, the Department of Health have announced the funding of an Obesity Research Policy Unit at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.

Economic costs of diet and low physical activity

The European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies have produced a report on assessing the economic costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity. The study examines the evidence on the economic burden of these lifestyle characteristics and explores definitions of the terms and the complexity of estimating the economic burden. The review finds that existing studies underestimate the true economic burden by not including indirect costs. The study also tests the feasibility of using a disease-based approach to estimate the costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity.

Candari, C.J., Cylus, J. and Nolte, E. (2017) ‘Assessing the economic costs of unhealthy diets and low physical activity: an evidence review and proposed framework’, WHO Health Policy Series No.47, Copenhagen, Denmark: European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.