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Report to tackle obesity released

Posted: 18 February 2013 by Rob Dabrowski

A new report by healthcare and medical professionals calls for a raft of new measure to tackle obesity.

Report to tackle obesity released
The recommendations have been set out by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).

The report, released today (18 February), maps out an action plan, following a six-month inquiry.

Behind Measuring up: the medical profession's prescription for the nation's obesity crisis is a steering group of representatives from 20 of the Royal Medical Colleges and Faculties.

It is based around ten recommendations for healthcare professionals, government, industry and schools.
 
The recommendations include mandatory food-based standards in UK hospitals and a ban on new fast food outlets being located close to schools and colleges.

The report calls for a duty on all sugary soft drinks, increasing the price by at least 20%, to be piloted.

The recommendations also include £100m to be spent on increasing provision of weight management services across the country in each of the next three years.

Professor Terence Stephenson, a paediatrician and chair of the AoMRC, said: ‘As health professionals, we see it across all our disciplines – from the GP’s surgery to the operating table and everything in between. 

‘So it is no exaggeration to say that it is the biggest public health crisis facing the UK today.   Yet too often, vested interests dub it too complex to tackle.
 
‘It’s now time to stop making excuses and instead begin forging alliances, trying new innovations to see what works and acting quickly to tackle obesity head on – otherwise the majority of this country’s health budget could be consumed by an entirely avoidable condition.’
 
The news comes after recent obesity statistics reveal a quarter of women (24%) and just over a fifth of men (22%) in the UK are classed as obese.

And obesity could be costing the NHS £10bn a year by 2050.

For more information and a PDF of the report, please click here.