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No quick fix will solve the obesity crisis

Public health proposals too often come with unintended consequences or simply fail to address the true problem

By Julian Baggini  

Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

No eating on buses. Biscuits to be sold in plain packaging. A calorie limit on takeaway meals. A few years ago such suggestions would have been considered laughable, not so much a nanny state but a fantastical Mary Poppins on steroids one.

But all these ideas are now both serious and respectable. They were among the recommendations of the final report from the retiring Chief Medical Officer, Sally Davies. She is not the only one to have called for radical measures to combat…

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