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EU parliament backs 30 minutes’ exercise a day for all children to tackle obesity

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1892 (Published 29 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1892
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    The European parliament has highlighted the costs of obesity to individuals and society by overwhelmingly endorsing a comprehensive strategy to tackle a problem it warns has reached epidemic proportions.

    World Health Organization data show that worldwide more than a billion people are overweight and 300 million obese. In Europe, almost 22 million children are overweight, and a further 1.3 million will be so by 2010. Obesity already accounts for some 6% of health related expenditure, without counting indirect costs.

    Alessandro Foglietta, the member of the European parliament who authored the report on tackling obesity, which …

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