Does Hackney make you fat?

Does Hackney make you fat?

People who know first hand, campaigning to make Hackney an easier place to be a healthy weight.

We are campaigning to change Hackney so that we can help reverse growing obesity in the borough. Right now:

  • 41.3% of adults are overweight or obese
  • 49.6% of children

The big difference with our ‘Does Hackney make you fat?’ is that it is led and run by people who know the challenges of trying to reach a health weight first hand.

We believe our expertise has been over looked. Indeed our voice has been squashed by the stigma and social pressure that goes hand in hand with being overweight.

Join our campaign as a supporter or an activist. We want everyone who lives or works in the borough to support us; to be an activist you also need to be overweight.


  • Digital Detox

    Excessive television viewing, use of smart phones, and/or social media is a precursor to sleep deprivation; attributed to the constant stimulation of artificial light. Sleep deprivation has been closely linked to obesity. Read more

  • Does culture make you fat?

    The borough of Hackney represents one of London’s most multicultural and diverse boroughs. As well as having a large Black African and Caribbean population, the Turkish and Vietnamese community also populate the borough. Our latest campaign, seeks to explore the cultural traditions which may be a contributory factor behind the borough's obesity epidemic. Read more

  • Is Hackney a ‘fat friendly’ cycling borough?

    Despite having the fourth highest number of people cycling to work in England, Hackney also has a considerably large demographic of overweight and obese adults, at 41%. Read more

  • Are we being priced out of eating healthily?

    With a stagnant economy where wages have shrunk or remained the same, inflation has presided over take home pay. The cost of food, a basic staple for survival; has risen by 2.3% since the early part of this year. Read more

  • Find your natural ‘wild weight’

    Wild weight offers a non judgmental environment where participants learn about themselves and from each other. Facilitators are part of the group – knowledgeable but not teachers, and with personal understanding about the challenges of living with obesity. Read more

  • Are our parks helping or hindering obesity in the borough?

    Hackney is commonly referred to as one of the ‘greenest boroughs’ in London. Some initial research undertaken by Does Hackney makes you fat? entailed spending an hour in two of Hackney’s busiest parks. The demographic of park users presented a surprising outcome. Read more

  • Why ‘Does Hackney make you fat?’

    Obesity is not about individuals who are greedy and lazy. Some populations and communities find it harder than others to avoid being over weight – inner city living and poverty are the likely cause. Obesity is increasing year on year. Read more

  • The obesogenic environment- a ticking time bomb on our health

    The use of smartphones have allowed us to communicate with friends or colleagues thousands of miles away. Are we spending more time glued to a screen than being active? Read more

  • Mental health and obesity

    Obese people are increasingly susceptible to experiencing poor mental health. What we wish to understand is how this occurs- does obesity induce depression, or does depression cause obesity? Read more


  • Weight on my Mind

    This forum is an open discussion; an opportunity for people with mental health problems who have struggled to maintain a healthy weight to liaise with mental health services in the borough on how best to improve patient care. Weight on my Mind is a unique campaign that explores the link between obesity and mental health. Read more

  • Pedal for Pounds

    To empower local residents to cycle in a friendly environment, regardless of their body weight and shape, we have created a cycling event- Pedal For Pounds. This fun, non competitive ride takes place around Hackney Downs along the designated cycle lanes, using the daily hire Santander Cycles. Read more

  • Health and Well-being Day

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  • Community Lunch

    We are hosting a community lunch to raise awareness of the number of takeaway shops blighting our borough. We are protesting against batch produced cheap meals laden with harmful ingredients and additives, like salt, sugar and vegetable oil. Read more

  • Public demonstrations

    Does Hackney make you fat? are holding a public demonstration against the sheer volume of takeaway shops in the borough; which are a burden on our health. Read more

  • Wild Weight – 8 week intro to becoming a natural healthy weight

    This 8 week support circle is a practical way of finding your own answers – when diets don’t work Read more

  • Join us in the park

    Join us at our events in different parks throughout the summer. Read more

  • Activist Development Workshops

    There will be 12 workshops starting in September which cover different aspects for the development of activists. Read more


  • Grass roots solutions to the obesity crisis

    If diets don't work - what will? Social Action for Health’s priority is to find practical community led ways to tackle the obesity crisis – not just for Hackney and East London, but potentially for a much wider impact. Your donation will help solve one of the biggest health and well-being challenges facing our society. Read more

  • Does Hackney make you fat? - Campaigning fund

    We will support community activists to raise funds that may be needed to lead and run campaigns for change. Read more

  • Self-help weight loss in Hackney

    Facilitated circles and home practice habit changing exercises will provide participants with a safe and supportive space to find their own answers to reaching a healthy weight – learning from each other. If diets don’t work, what will? Read more