Letters Nutritional change and NCDs

Preventing NCDs through nutritional change is not as complex as it may seem

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6117 (Published 27 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6117
  1. Nick Wilson, associate professor1,
  2. George Thomson, senior research fellow1
  1. 1Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
  1. nick.wilson{at}otago.ac.nz

Preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) via nutritional change is not as complex as Yach asserts.1 Firstly, he ignores the use of taxes on unhealthy foods, which are effective and can raise revenue. Such taxes have been successful in several high income countries, with some evidence of benefit (on weight and chronic …

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