Britain’s attitudes on obesity

Public Health England commissioned a set of questions on obesity as part of the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey to inform its future work. | PHE

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The findings of the first British Social Attitudes survey on obesity, commissioned by Public Health England (PHE), have been published.

PHE commissioned NatCen Social Research to include a set of questions in its BSA survey to understand the public’s view of obesity and related issues.

The paper, Attitudes to obesity, presents NatCen’s analysis of the results.

The primary findings show that people underestimate their weight and struggle to identify the point when someone becomes obese. Almost two thirds of adults are overweight or obese. All of this combined suggests being overweight or obese is normalised in society.

Download the full paper here

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