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

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5945 (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?

  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The UK government is falling short in its efforts to curb childhood obesity and must introduce tougher legislation to protect children’s health, says England’s outgoing chief medical officer, Sally Davies.

In a hard hitting report,1 her last after nine years in the role, she warns that the government is currently “nowhere near” achieving its ambitions to halve childhood obesity by 2030. Government has “a duty as well as a moral responsibility” to uphold children’s rights, which includes being healthy, she says.

Davies said, “The unavoidable fact is that over time, our environment has become very unhealthy without us realising. Our …

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