BMA’s report on Diet and Obesity published!

Check out the new @BMA’s science and public healthcare report on diet and obesity

Doctors have significant concerns about the impact of poor diet on the nation’s health which, especially when coupled with an inactive lifestyle, is associated with a range of adverse health consequences including increased risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, type II diabetes and poor dental health.

The BMA has long campaigned for measures to reduce the levels of obesity, including action targeted at improving children’s diets, and increasing active travel and physical activity levels.

Patterns of adult and childhood obesity are fairly consistent across the nations of the UK. Many legislative changes or proposals have implications for the whole of the UK. For example, the soft drinks industry levy is a UK-wide industry tax, and any changes to broadcast regulations enacted through Advertising Standards Authority would also have UK-wide implications. However, health and food policy are devolved powers so there are also variations between the nations in the legislative and regulatory responses to the problem.

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