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Plan to halve child obesity

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The BMA has warned that substantive action will be needed to meet tough new childhood obesity targets in Scotland.

The Scottish Government announced this week that it aims to halve the rate of obese children by 2030, adding that a detailed action plan will be published this summer.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said plans include tackling junk-food promotions and the marketing of unhealthy food, such as multi-buy offers.

BMA Scotland council chair Peter Bennie said doctors wanted to see these measures, plus better labelling, changes to planning policy and free fruit and vegetables for primary school children.

‘A target to halve the rate of child obesity in Scotland is a strong ambition against which to measure progress, but achieving it will depend on what concrete steps we are prepared to take as a country to address obesity,’ he added.

Campaigning chef Jamie Oliver, who met Ms Sturgeon on Monday, said he was looking forward to seeing her ‘strong, multi-layered strategy’.

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