Government must get to grips with obesity or risk wasting unprecedented NHS funding, says The King's Fund

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Responding to the Health Select Committee's report on obesity, The King's Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said:

'This report is extremely important and timely. It demonstrates that the extra funding for the NHS will go to waste if we do not get to grips with the devastating rise in obesity. There is now an overwhelming case for reorienting our health system to ensure it not only treats people when they are ill but helps them to stay as healthy and independent as possible.

'We need government to be brave and intervene to improve the health of the nation, while considering the vital role that individuals, industry, communities and employers have to play.'

The King's Fund director of policy (health) Anna Coote said:

'We're still in the middle of the government's wide-ranging public health consultation. Much will depend on the outcome of this and the proposals ministers put forward in the White Paper later this year. One thing's for sure, the time has come to stop talking and start acting.'

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