Healthy Weight: Targets and performance

The national ambition for obesity17 is:

  • A sustained downward trend in the level of excess weight in children by 2020
  • A downward trend in the level of excess weight averaged across all adults by 2020. National Physical Activity Targets:
  • 70% of the population to be reasonably active by 202018.
  • A third of England walking at least 1,000 more steps by 2012 through ‘Walking for Health’19
  • Getting 2 million more people active by 2012
  • Leave a lasting legacy from the Olympic 2012 Games 20

Lewisham’s targets for 2011/12 are:

  • To reduce obesity in Reception year children to 12% and year 6 children to 24%.
  • To increase prevalence of breasteeding at 6-8 weeks to 75%




  1. Healthy Lives, healthy people: a call to action on obesity in England
  2. Game Plan (2002)
  3. Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives. Dept of Health, 2008
  4. Be Active, Be Healthy, 2009.





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