News Chief medical officer's report on the nation's health

Concerted action is needed to fight obesity, says chief medical officer

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 10 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:69
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    More than a fifth of people in England are now obese, compared with just over one in 20 two decades ago, says the chief medical officer in his annual report.

    He called on local and central government, the food and leisure industries, health trusts, and drug companies to help tackle the growing epidemic, which each year is responsible for 9000 premature deaths and costs the economy at least £2.5bn ($4.1bn; €3.6bn) through healthcare costs and absence …

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