28 Nov 2022 New funding to trail medicines and technologies to support people with obesity: Food Active response
The government has today announced over £113 million to fund research into 4 healthcare missions – cancer, obesity, mental health and addiction. The funding is aimed at innovative research into improved treatments, including cancer immune therapies or vaccines and “game-changing weight loss medication and technologies”, to accelerate their development and rollout. Our Programme Lead responds…
Nicola Calder, Food Active Programme Lead, Health Equalities Group said:
“We are pleased to see the government’s funding boost to trial new medicine and technologies to support those living with obesity, and in particular welcome the focus on supporting some of our most deprived communities with this funding.
However, funding for upstream prevention activity still needs to be prioritised as there is much more to be done to help shape the environments in which we live, work and play to be more health promoting and conducive to supporting individuals maintain a healthier weight. We call on the government to recommit to delivering on the National Obesity Strategy, including restrictions to limit the advertising and marketing of less healthy food and drink.”
To find out more about the funding and read the full press release, follow this link.