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Government targets on obesity remain a challenge, says spending watchdog

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4971
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Achieving the government’s targets on obesity will be a challenge, says a memorandum from the public spending watchdog.1

In October 2011 the government published its plans for tackling obesity, which set out two national ambitions to be achieved by 2020: a decrease in the level of excess weight among all adults and a sustained downward trend in the level of excess weight in children.2

The plan was heavily criticised because it focused only on individual responsibility and failed to tackle the influence of the food and drinks industry. The government’s strategy is to work with the industry to reduce fat, sugar, and salt levels through “responsibility deals.”3

The National Audit Office was asked by MPs on the Public Accounts Committee to summarise the activities that have been launched so far. The memorandum …

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