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FPH welcomes Chief Medical Officer's report on women’s health

Professor Simon Capewell, Vice-President for Policy at the UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH), today commented on the Chief Medical Officer (CMO)’s report on women’s health, saying: "This is a welcome report with many excellent recommendations that, if implemented, would make a difference to the lives of millions of women.

"We particularly welcome the way in which the report focuses on how obesity shortens the lives of women, and gives strategic recommendations to tackle this. Blaming individuals does not work. If simply telling people to move more and eat less was an effective tactic, women and men’s lives would not be shortened because of diseases and health problems related to their weight.

"We agree that obesity is a national risk: one of the best ways to mitigate that risk would be to introduce a duty on fizzy, sugary drinks. The majority of public health gains have been achieved by legislation – be that the clean water in our taps or the fresher air in pubs because of the smoking ban. Although individuals play their part by taking care of their own health, we need government to do what only it can and introduce a sugar tax duty. That would raise about £1 billion which could be invested in children’s services."

Written: 11/12/2015 , last modified: 18/10/2016