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Time for the UK to commit to tackling child obesity

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 22 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j762

Rapid Response:

Re: Time for the UK to commit to tackling child obesity - obviously


The authors are to be applauded for not letting the matter rest - excuse the pun. For the first time when making a rapid response, I feel I have some - admittedly anecdotal - observational evidence to add in a my occupational capacity. I've been a locum lollipop lady for over 12 years, and I'm in no doubt that there are more overweight primary schoolchildren now than when I started in December 2004. And certainly, as a layman, I see many who are obese. I've no idea what the causes are, though I speculate that as more mothers - who are sometimes overweight themselves - drive their children short distances to school, that cannot help. Occasionally these mothers, and fathers and others of course, cannot even get out of the car to drop them off, either because they apparently cannot be bothered or because they are not sufficiently mobile. Not only charity begins at home but also so does activity and diet. But I'm not sure that 10 a day is the answer to the latter.


Competing interests: No competing interests

24 February 2017
John G Gooderham
locum lollipop lady