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Government faces pressure to tackle obesity

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7424.1125 (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1125
  1. Amanda Elliott
  1. London

    Ministers are under pressure from leading scientists and nutrition experts to take urgent action on childhood obesity.

    Reports from the Food Standards Agency and the Medical Research Council this week warned that government action was needed to avert a “looming obesity epidemic.”

    The food industry watchdog set out a range of radical options for ministers, including a levy on advertisements aimed at children, in a document on promoting foods to children.

    Health warnings on foods high in fat, salt, and sugar and an end to ministerial endorsement …

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