News BMA annual representative meeting, Torquay, 25 June to 29 June

BMA rejects call for parents of obese children to be charged with neglect

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1343
  1. Andrew Cole and Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. Torquay

    Doctors' leaders called for more measures to reduce obesity in children by voting for a reduction in the speed limits on roads near schools, which they believe will encourage more children to walk to school. But they rejected a call for parents of obese children aged under 12 years to be charged with neglect, and one representative described the proposal as mad.

    Steve Watkins, of the BMA council, whose motion to urge parliament to debate the wider use of 20 miles per hour (32 kilometres per hour) speed limits was passed by representatives, noted that driving at 40 rather than 20 miles per hour saved only a few …

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