Reality Check: Does obesity cost more than police and fire service?" width="976" height="549">
The claim: More money is spent on the health impact of obesity than on the police and fire services.Reality Check verdict: This claim is based on double-counting the costs of obesity-related diabetes and includes the costs of types of diabetes that are not caused by obesity.Coordinated by campaigning chef Jamie Oliver, the leaders of the Labour Party, Scottish National Party, Liberal Democrats and Green Party sent a letter to the prime minister on Wednesday calling for a comprehensive strategy to tackle childhood obesity.It included the claim: "According to the head of NHS England, more money is being spent dealing with the health impact of obesity than is spent on the fire and police services combined."This refers back to a claim made by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens to the Commons Health Select Committee on 6 June 2016.
NHS England referred Reality Check to a 2014 report on the costs of obesity from the consultants McKinsey, which made a slightly different claim: "The cost of obesity and diabetes to the healthcare system is equivalent to the United Kingdom's combined 'protection' budget for the police and fire services, law courts, and prisons."
The usual figure given by Public Health England (PHE) for the cost of obesity in England is
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