Obesity report signals start of government action

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 18 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:789
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. London

    The government has signalled its support for a report on obesity after furious criticism at a National Obesity Forum conference this week for years of inaction over the epidemic.

    The public health minister Dawn Primarolo said that the Department of Health would work with Foresight, the government's futures think tank, to try to translate the report's findings into action.

    The independent report, Foresight Tackling Obesities: Future Choices, which is part of the group's work for government, predicts that 40% of Britons will be obese by 2025, with the country being mainly obese by 2050.

    Health problems caused by obesity will place an “intolerable burden” on the …

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