Comprehensive Response to Diet and Obesity
The BMJ this week contains two excellent articles on diet and ill-
are complementary. A bit of joined-up editing would have made that clear,
to the benefit of all.
Haslam, Sattar and Lean provide a brutal summary of the significance
obesity epidemic. It is an ABC guide, so it is not the content which is
remarkable, but the prose. It sets out the practical consequences in
and vivid language that is appropriate but rare in medical journals.
Bryan Christie summarises a report by Lang and colleagues on why
been so little progress over the past decade in reforming the worst diet
UK, in Scotland. It highlights the need for everyone concerned about
health to engage with our dysfunctional food system.
Both articles acknowledge the complexity of the problems, the need
prevention and treatment. But the emphases are different, one focussing
what doctors can do with patients, the other on the need to improve the
products and promotional practices of food manufacturers.
Together they make a whole. A comprehensive policy response requires
changing people and changing food. A bit of editorial linkage and
from the BMJ would have greatly aided understanding, helping readers to
one half together with the other half to make one.
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