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Government has “moral duty” to act on child obesity, says outgoing chief medical officer

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 10 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5945

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What will it take to halve childhood obesity by 2030?

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Banning food on public transport: a Stalinist approach to health?

Recommendation 2.3 [1]

"Prohibit eating and drinking on urban public transport, except fresh water, breastfeeding and for medical conditions."

Even if we ignore the problems of policing this, is there not an intolerance of ordinary people's lives which is completely inappropriate? Someone might have an energy drop and need to eat something irrespective of whether they have a government approved health condition.

This is surely not a territory where health official should venture, and disturbing that they think it is their business.

[1] Professor Dame Sally Davies, 'Time to Solve Childhood Obesity: An Independent Report by the Chief Medical Officer, 2019', Annex A Page 3,

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 October 2019
John Stone
UK Editor
London N22