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Ban and tax our way out of obesity – top doctor


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Snacking should be banned on public transport and extra taxes placed on unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity, England’s outgoing chief medical officer says.

In her final report as CMO, Dame Sally Davies also called for tighter restrictions on advertising and takeaways.

She said families needed more help to make healthier choices.

And she urged ministers to be bold in their fight to reduce rates of obesity.

Dame Sally said: “The unavoidable fact is that over time our environment has become very unhealthy without us realising.

“Our children are now suffering from painful, potentially life-limiting disease.

“Our politicians need to be bold and help everyone embrace healthier life choices.”

The obesity ‘crisis’

The proportion of obese and overweight children has doubled in the past 30 years.

Today around a third are obese or overweight by the age of 11.

The problem is most acute among girls – where the UK has one of the highest rates in the world.

There are signs the increase has begun to level off, but among the most deprived communities rates are still increasing

Children living in the poorest tenth of areas…



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