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.
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.