Energy balance and body fatness: report launched
Overweight and obesity are considered to be one of the most pressing public health concerns of this century. Living with overweight or obesity is linked to many diseases – including 12 different types of cancer – and at a population level is associated with significant negative economic impacts.
That is why, on 7 November 2018, we published in full our evidence and judgements on exposures that increase or decrease the risk of weight gain, overweight and obesity. The report, Energy balance and body fatness: the determinants of weight gain, overweight and obesity, is available to download for free. One of the key findings is the strong evidence that greater screen time increases the risk of excess weight gain, overweight and obesity in children. This is because screen time is a marker of sedentary behaviour and may also be associated with low levels of physical activity, eating and drinking high-calorie snacks and drinks, and exposure to marketing of unhealthy food and drinks.