Letters Childhood obesity strategy

We must go for gold in public health

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5138 (Published 26 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5138
  1. May C I van Schalkwyk, specialist registrar in public health and academic clinical fellow1,
  2. Donelly A van Schalkwyk, research fellow2
  1. 1Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, UK
  2. 2Department of Immunology and infection, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT, UK
  1. m.vanschalkwyk{at}nhs.net

The past few weeks have seen the release of the UK government’s childhood obesity strategy,1 reports of athletic success from Team GB at the Olympics, a further article supporting the benefits of physical activity,2 and a Lancet comment calling for multifaceted approaches to tackling obesity.3

Little connection was made between these, however. Consequently, an opportunity was lost to harness any synergistic effect from …

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