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Urgent request for child obesity task force

Medical experts have called for an action group to be formed to tackle the problem of childhood obesity in the UK.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and partner organisations have compiled an open letter, which has been sent to Professor Dame Sally Davies, England’s Chief Medical Officer. The letter contains a warning from GPs that urgent action is required to prevent a generation being “destroyed” by a diet consisting of junk food and sugary drinks.

Calls have been made for the Child Obesity Action Group to be set up as “a matter of urgency”. The task force would resemble Cobra, which was formed to tackle national disasters and terrorism. The collaboration would include schools, dieticians, dentists, midwives, nurses, and doctors, who would work together to prevent child obesity and introduce services that would prevent weight associated health problems in children, which often cause problems in adulthood.

Among the measures to tackle the problem of obesity in children would be increased education for families, to highlight the risks associated with the health issue, and further training for GPs dealing with youth obesity. According to Dr Rachel Pryke, the clinical lead on nutrition for the RCGP, many areas of the UK have limited or no services to deal with weight issues in children. She added:

“We have reached a state of emergency with childhood obesity and the current threat to public health is most definitely ‘severe’.”

Schools are already taking action by introducing healthy tuckshop food. Teesside teachers are amongst those playing an active role in the fight against obesity by encouraging children to eat healthier options.

Posted by Mark
September 7, 2014

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