The rise in obesity is one of the biggest threats to health in the UK. Without clear action, the rates of obesity will rise to almost 9 in 10 adults and 2 in 3 children by 2050. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of earlier death and a range of diseases that have a significant health impact on individuals, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and muscular skeletal problems. Additionally, the risk of maternal death from childbirth and infant death are increased. Obesity shortens life expectancy by nine
years on average. Locally, in 2012, over half (54%) of all adults were overweight or obese, which remained unchanged from 2008 suggesting a halt in the rise of obesity in Kirklees. Locally 1 in 5 5-year olds and 1 in 11 14 year olds were overweight or obese in 2011.