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Government failing obese kids

26th January 2007

A leading professor has attacked the government’s strategy for dealing with the increasing problem of childhood obesity in the UK.

Professor Peter Kopelman, of Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, has called the government’s attempts to deal with the problem ‘disorganised and ineffective’.  He criticised the current strategy saying that some of the policies which are in place are not being implemented by local government. He has also called upon all members of society to help deal with the problem, saying the responsibility lies not just with central government but with parents, teachers, the food industry and local government. "One of the worries is that there is not sufficient clear focus. While there is no ‘quick fix’ to the problem, there do need to be policies in place that have been fully thought out and are sustainable," he added.

Professor Kopelman’s comments come after a group of MPs recently accused the government of not taking decisive action to combat the problem of childhood obesity, which some experts fear could soon reach epidemic proportions.

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