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Action needed to combat unhealthy environments linked to poor health, says BMA responding to Health Survey

Responding the Health Survey for England 2018 which looks at adult and child health including obesity and physical activity, BMA board of science chair Professor Dame Parveen Kumar said:

 “The latest Health Survey1 for England reveals that far too many children and adults are living in unhealthy environments that are contributing to poor health. Each child deserves a healthy start in life but sadly this is not the case.

“The number of adults and children who are overweight and obese remains alarmingly high. Clearly there is a need for further action to tackle unhealthy food marketing and to create healthier food environments. The power and influence of this industry cannot be underestimated, and the Government must act to protect the population from the dangerous impact of this.

 “Far too many adults are not getting the level of physical activity they require. Recent BMA research2 highlighted a need to reform key aspects of our environment – work, leisure, schools and travel - to encourage the uptake of physical activity.

 “It is a real shame that time and time again, those living in the most deprived areas are subject to poorer health. They lack access to services and live in unhealthy environments – the Government must do more to address these inequalities.”

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Notes to editors

The BMA is a trade union representing and negotiating on behalf of all doctors in the UK. A leading voice advocating for outstanding health care and a healthy population. An association providing members with excellent individual services and support throughout their lives.

  1. Health survey for England can be found here.
  2. BMA report on physical activity can be found here.

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