Academy of royal medical colleges obesity report

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Medical professionals – from surgeons and psychiatrists to paediatricians and GPs – have set out their recommendations for tackling obesity in a report published today by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).

Measuring up: the medical profession's prescription for the nation's obesity crisis follows a 6-month inquiry by a steering group comprising representatives from 20 of the Royal Medical Colleges and Faculties.

The report presents an action plan for future campaigning activity, setting out 10 recommendations for healthcare professionals, local and national government, industry and schools which it believes will help tackle the nation’s obesity crisis.

Recommendations include:
•Food-based standards to be mandatory in all UK hospitals
•A ban on new fast food outlets being located close to schools and colleges
•A duty on all sugary soft drinks, increasing the price by at least 20%, to be piloted
•Traffic light food labelling to include calorie information for children and adolescents – with visible calorie indicators for restaurants, especially fast food outlets
•£100m in each of the next three years to be spent on increasing provision of weight management services across the country
•A ban on advertising of foods high in saturated fats, sugar and salt before 9pm
•Existing mandatory food- and nutrient-based standards in England to be statutory in free schools and academies

To read more and to download the report click here