The latest annual report from Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England expects a health revolution (sic), with a more prominent re-positioning of healthier lifestyles in society, by 2040:
“The environment we live in must be improved to make it easier for health to be a priority for everyone. Healthy behaviours should be normalised, with healthy choices becoming the easy choice.”.
The four main topic areas in the report cover:
- Recognition of health as the nation’s primary asset.
- Recognition of the importance of our collective health environment.
- Use of emerging technologies to improve population health and reduce health inequalities.
- Planning for the future.
Chief Medical Officer calls for unified approach to revolutionise health by 2040. London: Department of Health and Social Care, December 21st 2018.
This relates to:
Annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2018: Health 2040 – Better Health Within Reach. London: Department of Health and Social Care, December 2018.
Specific section headings comprise:
- Chapter 1: Chief Medical Officer’s summary.
- Chapter 2: Health and economic outcomes.
- Chapter 3: The local health environment.
- Chapter 4: Social health.
- Chapter 5: How will health be experienced in 2040?
- Chapter 6: Demography.
- Chapter 7: Multimorbidity.
- Chapter 7B: Special section: Mental health disorder.
- Chapter 8: Changing behaviour for a healthier population.
- Chapter 9: Health inequalities: a challenge to current health policy.
- Chapter 10: Machine learning for individualised medicine.
- Chapter 11: Emerging technologies: population scale impacts.
- Chapter 12: Emerging technologies in healthcare.
- Chapter 13: Data, technology, trust and fairness.
- Chapter 14: Embracing uncertainty: futures thinking in action.
- Chapter 15: Forecasts for health in 2040.
Global Health Investment
“Investing in global health is the smart thing to do because it is in our mutual interest”. Professor Dame Sally Davies.
Medical chief calls for global health effort. London: BBC Health News, July 22nd 2019.
Taxation of Unhealthy Foods?
Perhaps of interest, indirectly:
Tax junk food high in sugar and salt, says top doctor. London: BBC Health News, December 21st 2018.
Further Sugar Taxation to Help Prevent Childhood Obesity?
Triggle, N. (2019). Are we going to get a ‘pudding tax’?. London: BBC Health News, January 2nd 2019.
Related information on childhood obesity / sugar consumption:
Children ‘exceed recommended sugar limit by age 10’. London: BBC Health News, January 2nd 2019.
This relates to:
10 year olds in the UK have consumed 18 years’ worth of sugar: PHE launches new Change4Life campaign to help families cut back on sugar. [Online]: Public Health England (PHE), January 2nd 2019.
Possibly of interest, regarding an Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report:
Triggle, N. (2019). Is it time to treat sugar like smoking? London: BBC Health News, June 4th 2019.
Progress in Leeds on Tackling Childhood Obesity
Has Leeds cracked the obesity problem? London: BBC Health News, May 1st 2019.
October 2019 Update
Professor Dame Sally Davies advocates a ban on snacking when on public transport, further taxes on unhealthy foods, and tighter restrictions on advertising and takeaways.
Triggle, N. (2019). Obesity: Ban snacking on public transport, top doctor says. London: BBC Health News, October 10th 2019.
Further BBC News analysis:
Pym, H. (2019). Child obesity: Will we see radical action? London: BBC Health News, October 10th 2019.
This relates also, indirectly, to:
State of the nation 2019: children and young people’s wellbeing. London: Department for Education, October 2019.