Obesity treatment is being neglected in favour of prevention, doctor saysBMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1716 (Published 26 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1716
- Caroline White
The UK government’s focus on prevention to curb the rising tide of obesity has ignored those who are already obese, which is costing the NHS dear, an expert has claimed.
Speaking at the Tackling Obesity 2010 conference in London, Dr David Haslam, chair of the National Obesity Forum, praised government initiatives, such as Change4Life, which aim to stave off obesity by advocating lifestyle changes.
But even that campaign presented an unrealistic “utopian” vision of prevention, he suggested, as the materials featured people who were all fit and slim. “It’s like a kids’ fairy tale without any villains,” he said.
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