20/04/21 – A Whole Life Obesity Strategy

Speakers: Carolyn Pallister, Slimming World; James Toop, BiteBack2030; Dr Max Davie, RCPCH; Ashley McDougall, National Audit Office

20 April 2021

All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

‘A Whole Life Obesity Strategy’

Chair: Steve McCabe MP


  • Carolyn Pallister, Slimming World
  • James Toop, BiteBack2030
  • Dr Max Davie, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • Ashley McDougall, National Audit Office

As this was a Zoom meeting we are able to share a recording instead of the usual meeting notes.

You can access the recording via an email request here and download a transcript of the chat here.

Order and Timings:

00:00 Steve McCabe MP – Chair’s introduction

02:20 Carolyn Pallister, Slimming World

10:03 James Toop, Bit Back 2030

19:10 Dr Max Davie, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

27:22 Ashley McDougall, National Audit Office

34:13 Questions and Discussion

You should also be able to read and follow the chat flow which has further questions and responses.

The following links were posted in the chat and are summarised here:

From Bite Back 2030




James’s email

From Ashley McDougall, National Audit Office

Link to report on childhood obesity: https://www.nao.org.uk/report/childhood-obesity/

From Helen West, APPG

Local success in Leeds reported in 2019:


From Dan Wilson, Yorkshire Sport:

UK children not allowed to play outside until two years older than parents’ generation: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/apr/20/gradual-lockdown-of-uk-children-as-age-for-solo-outdoor-play-rises

From Dr Pinki Sahota, Leeds Beckett University:

The link to the PHE Whole systems toolkit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/whole-systems-approach-to-obesity

From Patrick Myers, DWP Reducing Parental Conflict Unit: