About us

The National Obesity Observatory has become part of Public Health England, an executive agency of the Department of Health.

Public Health England has been established to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and to reduce inequalities. It will lead on the development of a 21st century health and wellbeing service, supporting local authorities and the NHS to deliver the greatest possible improvements in public health.

For all corporate information please see www.gov.uk/phe

Our main functions are to:

  • Analyse, signpost and report on obesity and related surveillance data
  • Produce evidence and data briefings
  • Develop innovative analytical and data presentation tools
  • Describe and map data on weight status and associated indicators
  • Develop guidance and tools to support the evaluation of interventions targeted at obesity
  • Provide guidance and support to policy makers and practitioners working to tackle obesity
  • Communicate relevant developments and information on obesity and its determinants.

Quality Assurance

We have robust quality assurance procedures to ensure accuracy and completeness of our outputs.

All our reports are quality assured. Technical and analytical reports are reviewed by colleagues and external experts as relevant. Briefing papers and evidence reviews are peer reviewed by topic specific experts.

Expert reviewers

The following expert reviewers have kindly reviewed our outputs. We acknowledge and value their excellent contribution which is essential to ensure and maintain the quality of our outputs.

Sue Baic, University of Bristol
Professor Adrian Bauman, University of Sydney
Beelin Baxter, Department of Health
Professor Raj Bhopal, CBE. Edinburgh University
Professor Stuart Biddle, Loughborough University
Professor Iain Buchan, University of Manchester
Tom Burgoine, University of Newcastle
Dr Janet Cade, University of Leeds
Dr Dexter Canoy, University of Manchester
Adrian Coggins, NHS West Essex
Professor Tim Cole, University College London
Carol Davies, East Midlands Public Health Observatory
Peter Dick, Department of Health
Sarah Flaherty, East Midlands Public Health Observatory
Dr Richard Fordham, University of East Anglia
Dr Charlie Foster, University of Oxford
Dr Colin Greaves, Peninsula Medical School
Professor David Hall, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Vanessa Higgins, University of Manchester
Dr Melvyn Hillsdon, University of Exeter
Marc Hopkinson, NHS South of Tyne and Wear
Dr Susan Jebb, Human Nutrition Unit, Medical Research Council
Dave Jenner, East Midlands Public Health Observatory
Andy Jones, University of East Anglia
Kate King, Oxfordshire PCT
Professor Mika Kivimaki, University College London
Dr Marian Knight, University of Oxford
Amelia Lake, Northumbria University
Alison Lennox, Human Nutrition Unit, Medical Research Council
Louis Levie, Food Standards Agency
Dr Tim Lobstein, International Association for the Study of Obesity
Lesley Manning, Buckinghamshire PCT
Dr David McCarthy, London Metropolitan University
Dr Christine McMaster, Health Service Executive, Ireland
Dr Jenny Mindell, University College London
Margaret O'Dwyer, Salford PCT
Jane Pilkington, Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT
Professor Jonathan Pinkney, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Plymouth
Dr Judith Rankin, University of Newcastle
Sheela Reddy, Department of Health
Donna Sagar, Stockport PCT
Dawn Scott, NHS North of Tyne
Dr Julian Shield, University of Bristol
Claire Spence, NHS Stockton-on-Tees
Dr Manos Stamatakis, University College London
Professor Carolyn Summerbell, University of Durham
Gillian Swann, Food Standards Agency
Dr Paul Tiffin, The Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University
Cam Todd, Portsmouth PCT
Louise Unsworth, North East Public Health Observatory
Dr Gary Whitlock, University of Oxford
Professor John Wilding, Clinical Science Centre, University of Liverpool
Professor Martin Wiseman, World Cancer Research Fund
Dr Jane Wolstenholme, University of Oxford
Sean Woodcock, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust
Professor Charlotte Wright, University of Glasgow
Dr Maria Bryant, Leeds University