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Canny, not nanny, state needed to tackle obesity

Commenting on the findings of the National Obesity Forum's State of the Nation's Waistline report, Dr John Middleton, Vice President for Policy at the Faculty of Public Health said: “Obesity is a huge threat to our health and we need government to take bold measures to protect people's health. While we do not want a nanny state, we do want a canny state. That means government being brave enough to realise that there are important, evidence-based actions that only government can take.

"These include: investing in walking and cycling, a 20p duty on sugary drinks, lower sugar and salt in foods and for trans fat to be banned in the UK,  as they have been in many other parts of the world. No matter how much individuals try to control what they eat and drink, we are all affected by the environment we live in.

At the moment, that’s one in which it’s easy to gain weight because of the might of the food industry and its marketing techniques, often combined with an unhealthy environment that doesn’t encourage us to keep active."

 

 

 

Written: 13/01/2014 , last modified: 05/03/2014

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