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Diabetes consensus panel calls for action on obesity, diet, and exercise

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 18 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2670
  1. Colin Wright
  1. 1Edinburgh

    Greater leadership is needed from governments to tackle the epidemic of obesity, promote healthier diets, increase physical activity, and inform transport and planning policies, a consensus panel on diabetes concluded last week.

    The panel, which met at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said that the government should translate the lessons it had learnt from effective legislation on smoking to the food, drink, and catering sectors.

    It also recommended extending the current restrictions on advertising of “less healthy” food and drink that now exist on children’s television across all media.

    It came down against a national, population based screening programme for diabetes on the grounds that evidence to support it was insufficient. But it concluded that there was good evidence that lifestyle interventions in high risk groups …

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