Slow progress in tackling alcohol misuse and obesity risks derailing other health gains

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 16 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a857
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Public health policies in England have helped to improve life expectancy and reduce numbers of deaths from heart disease and cancer, but more needs to be done to tackle alcohol misuse and obesity, says a report published today.

    The government’s ambitious public health programme, which started in 1997, has led to major health gains over the past decade, say the Healthcare Commission and the Audit Commission in a joint report.

    Between 1996 and 2006 the number of premature deaths from circulatory diseases in people aged under 75 years fell by 45%, and over the same period the number of premature deaths from cancer among the …

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