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Doctors call for immediate action to fight obesity

Published: 13 Mar 2013

Doctors have called for immediate action to stem the tide of rising obesity in the UK.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges wants the government to introduce a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks for at least a year, which will help fund further projects.

Other proposals include removing all junk food from hospital vending machines and giving local councils the power to limit the number of fast food outlets around schools, colleges and other places with large concentrations of youngsters.

The body wants the NHS to spend at least £300 million over the course of the next three years to increase the number of weight-management programmes on offer to allow more patients to be helped in a supportive and sensitive manner.

Academy chairman Professor Terence Stephenson stressed that the full report will not present a full solution to the obesity epidemic, but is clear about the timeline involved and policymakers and society as a whole needs to act now before the problem becomes worse and the NHS can no longer cope.

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