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BMA calls for tougher action on food industry to curb childhood obesity

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 18 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3939
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The BMA has urged the government to impose tougher rules on food companies to cut marketing of unhealthy food and drink to children.

The call came after Public Health England (PHE) announced that it would undertake the next stage of the government’s childhood obesity strategy by looking at why children eat too many calories. It will also set guidelines on children’s calorie consumption.

When the government’s long awaited childhood obesity plan for England was announced in August last year it was criticised by doctors’ leaders, dentists, local government, national charities, and campaign groups for being weak and watered down.12

Two key recommendations made …

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