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Associations between exposure to takeaway food outlets, takeaway food consumption, and body weight in Cambridgeshire, UK: population based, cross sectional study

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1464 (Published 13 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1464

Re: Associations between exposure to takeaway food outlets, takeaway food consumption, and body weight in Cambridgeshire, UK: population based, cross sectional study

Burgoine et al have carried out a painstaking study. Congratulations and thanks.

Now the question arises: will the government do something?

I suspect not - unless it is badgered. There should be a two-pronged attack. The Faulty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians and the RCPCH should pummel the Central Government. The Second Front should be opened by the Directors of Public Health, who should, unless banned by their employers, conduct a survey of fast food outlets near schools, colleges, universities, and recommend a ban on the opening of new and replacement outlets. The Directors will not be popular but then popularity and patronage of a harmful industry are never compatible.

Competing interests: None

07 April 2014
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough