Research and analysis

Adult obesity and type 2 diabetes

This paper describes the relationship between obesity and diabetes to support public health policy makers and practitioners.



The paper provides an overview of obesity and type 2 diabetes among adults, describing the epidemiology of each disorder, how the 2 conditions are linked and why they present a major public health challenge.

Latest available data and evidence illustrate prevalence trends in both obesity and diabetes at a national and local level as well as the potential implications in terms of health consequences, inequalities and cost. The paper also signposts latest relevant policy and guidance documents.