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Table 3 Lead themes identified on perceived outcomes of HWHL and the elements perceived as responsible

From: A stakeholder analysis of the perceived outcomes of developing and implementing England’s obesity strategy 2008–2011

Perceived positive outcomes • Political buy-in and multi-stakeholder engagement with a national obesity strategy
• More action taken to address obesity at all levels
• Other government departments more engaged with obesity as a serious public health problem
• Positive changes in awareness and attitudes about the role of government in addressing obesity
Perceived limitations • Actions in other government departments were relatively limited
• Inadequate learning about the effectiveness of the different elements and actions in the Strategy
• Insufficiently tough on the food industry
• Insufficient attention paid to treating the significant population who are obese, especially adults
Key elements responsible • Multi-faceted, inclusive nature of the strategy
• Governance structures set up to implement cross-government working
• Obesity target and the means of measuring progress against the target (National Child Measurement Programme)
• Child-focus
• Funding