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Government urges businesses to join health professionals to tackle obesity

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 25 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1000
  1. David Pountney, London

    England’s secretary of state for health, Alan Johnson, has called for a national movement to tackle obesity.

    Speaking on Wednesday at centre-left policy institute the Fabian Society, Mr Johnson urged society, business, healthcare professionals, and local government to work together to tackle the problem.

    “We are calling on everyone, from the smallest community keep fit class to the biggest retailers in the land, to join in this campaign to change the way we live our lives,” said Mr Johnson. “The government must develop and implement a sustained response to a problem that will have profound and long term consequences …

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