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EU aims to tackle growing problem of obesity

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1426
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    The European Commission has published a consultative green paper on promoting healthy diets and physical activity to help tackle the growing prevalence of obesity.

    Presenting the report, Markos Kyprianou, the health commissioner, said: “The rise in obesity is a Europe-wide problem which requires a coordinated Europe-wide approach if we are to contain and reverse this trend.”

    Over the past decade in European countries the number of obese people has increased by between 10% and 40%. Around 14 million European Union citizens are now considered obese or overweight. …

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