The King's Fund responds to the Chief Medical Officer’s report and recommendations on childhood obesity

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Responding to Dame Sally Davies’ report and recommendations on childhood obesity Sally Warren, Director of Policy at The King’s Fund, said:
‘The government should make full use of all the levers at its disposal to tackle obesity. Some politicians may balk at the idea of the“nanny state”, but research suggests these types of intervention may enjoy stronger public support than they often assume. Around two thirds of adults support the sugar tax and restricting junk food advertising, so there is a real opportunity for the government to build on Dame Sally’s report and turn these ideas into action.
‘In light of the new report, the government should develop a comprehensive plan to tackle the myriad of factors which influence people’s behaviours and lead to rising levels of obesity and widening inequalities. It should include the use of tax and regulation, stronger planning powers for local government and measures to promote more active lives. The government will need to make sure changes are implemented carefully to avoid unintended consequences.’

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