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Blaming nutritional guidelines 'huge distraction' from obesity crisis

The National Obesity Forum has today (22 May) published a report entitled: Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes.

Commenting on the report, Professor Simon Capewell, Vice President for Policy at the Faculty of Public Health, said: "We fully support Public Health England’s new guidance on a healthy diet. Their advice reflects evidence-based science that we can all trust. It was not influenced by industry. By contrast, the report from the National Obesity Forum is not peer reviewed. Furthermore, it does not it indicate who wrote it or how is was funded. That is worrying.

"Blaming nutritional guidelines for obesity is a huge distraction from the real causes of obesity, which include the intense advertising of cheap junk food and sugary drinks to children. We live in an obesogenic environment created by the food industry. That has to change.

"Yes, individuals can aim to control their diet. But we also need government to play its part. After all, if fad diets or telling people to eat less and move more worked, we wouldn’t have an obesity crisis.

"That’s why FPH strongly supports measures like the Chancellor's duty on sugary drinks. We need industry regulation to address the root causes of the obesity crisis. A crisis that already costs the NHS £5 billion a year to treat.”

Written: 23/05/2016 , last modified: 05/09/2016

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