National nutrition council is needed to tackle childhood obesity

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 23 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1465
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    A national obesity institute should be set up to coordinate measures by different agencies to reduce the growing epidemic of obesity in children, the BMA has recommended in anaction plan published this week.

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    Parents and children should have a better understanding of the benefits of healthy living, says the BMA


    The report says that a key step in reducing obesity in children is to establish a national obesity institute or nutrition council to improve collaboration among the different stakeholder groups to reduce the problem effectively. It also calls on the government to mount a “sustained and consistent” public education campaign to improve parents' …

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