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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

Flanagan and Yeung (25 April) are somewhat critical of this paper from the Cambridge Institute of Public Health. I ask: up in Glasgow you have no doubt adequate facilities to mount a study addressing the deficiencies perceived by you. Are you considering such a study?

Secondly, I raised in my earlier rapid response the idea that in the light of the Cambridge findings, the directors of public health, the royal colleges might get out of their lethargy - or is it deep contemplation? - and actually do something to seek closure of some of these Tempters of the Tongue.

Would Flanagan and Yeung, or for that matter anyone else in the business of protecting public health, disagree?

Thank you

Competing interests: I like to see public health consultants actually doing something on the "ground".

15 May 2014
JK Anand
Retired doctor
Free spirit
Peterborough