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Doctors welcome new target to reduce obesity in Scotland's children

The Scottish Government’s announcement that it aims to halve the rate of obese children in Scotland by 2030 has been welcomed by Scotland’s doctors, although achieving this new target will require substantive action.

Commenting, chair of BMA Scotland Dr Peter Bennie said:
“Obesity is a major public health challenge that we must do far more to address in Scotland. Almost every doctor working in the NHS today will be dealing with patients who are overweight or obese and who will often have additional health needs as a result.
“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.
“Restrictions on marketing of unhealthy food and drink, better labelling, changes to planning policy, and the provision of free fruit and vegetables to primary school children are all important actions that doctors are looking to the Scottish Government to include in their coming obesity strategy.”

Details of the Scottish Government’s announcement can be viewed at 

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