Evidence is still not informing policy on obesity, conference hears

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 10 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1023
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

The government is still not making the best use of evidence in efforts to tackle the UK’s grave obesity problem, a conference of experts heard.

Julia Neuberger, who chairs the House of Lords Science and Technology sub-committee, said attempts to change people’s behaviour were not being properly evaluated.

She said there was insufficient commitment to implement research and called for more to be done to address environmental impacts on obesity.

Baroness Neuberger, a cross-bench peer and former chief executive of the King’s Fund, spoke at the Obesity 2012 seminar, held in London on 7 February by Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum.

Last year her committee’s inquiry into behaviour change reported that “nudges” …

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