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Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

BBC News Government Obesity Strategy

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Cllr Robin Millar, Acting CEO for 2020health (July-August 2016) spoke on BBC News in response to criticisms of the government childhood obesity strategy being too watered down and a disappointment. Robin said the government could have gone further but what is important, is the shift in policy. This is the government changing its approach and starting to recognise obesity is a shared responsibility and cannot be handled by the government alone. He mentioned that although a sugar tax and ban on advertising are sensible measures they are not going to solve the problem, as choices linked to obesity are made long before public services get involved.

Obesity – a big problem but a shared responsibility

Guest Blog by Robin Millar, Acting Chief Executive, 2020health

Obesity is a complex issue – like health itself, it affects how we live our daily lives, the environment in which we live and work and how we feel about ourselves. In our 2015) report, “Fat Chance?” we noted that it was upwardly and downwardly mobile sections of society that correlated with obesity – not just the poorer and more deprived areas....