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Tougher action is needed to address “alarming” levels of overweight and obesity, says England’s chief medical officer

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2438 (Published 28 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2438
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

People are beginning to see being overweight as “normal” and tougher action is now needed to counter “alarming” weight and obesity levels, England’s chief medical officer has warned.

Sally Davies, issuing her annual report on the state of the public’s health, repeated her support for a possible “sugar tax” and moves by local authorities to restrict fast food outlets opening near schools.

Almost two thirds of adults and one third of children aged two to 15 years are now overweight or obese, according to the report, published on 27 March.1

This represents a “profound change in the …

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