Local government must take up fight against obesity after government fails to do so, says expert

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 23 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5007
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1Cardiff

The obesity epidemic requires inspirational public health leaders working in local government to take up the fight that the UK government has shirked, says a leading expert.

Philip James, president of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, said that the epidemic had become “out of control” because of a failure to regulate and change the way the food and drinks industry operates.

He urged members of the UK Faculty of Public Health at its annual conference in Cardiff on 19 July to demonstrate leadership, singling out in particular those in England who will be moving to new council posts from next year under the government’s changes to public health.

They should enforce “zoning” to prevent firms selling and promoting junk foods …

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