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I welcome a new obesity strategy but its modest proposals kick in too late

Time is very short to make an impact on fitness and weight and reduce individual risk from the virus

By Sarah Wollaston  

The government’s new obesity strategy opens with the clear case for action, rightly describing it as one of this country’s greatest long-term health challenges. One in three children are leaving primary school overweight and one in five living with obesity. Young people in the most deprived parts of the country are more than twice as likely to be affected as those living in the richest areas, ingraining stark health inequality from early childhood. This gap has been steadily increasing for years, with no serious action beyond the Soft Drinks…

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