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`Ban snacking on public transport to tackle child obesity’
Thursday, 10 Oct 2019 15:39 pm
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Health Desk- 10 October, 2019: Snacking should be banned on public transport and extra taxes placed on unhealthy foods to tackle child obesity, England's outgoing chief medical officer says.

In her final report as CMO, Dame Sally Davies also called for tighter rules on advertising and takeaways.

She said children needed more help as they were "drowning in a flood" of unhealthy options.

If ministers were not bold, she added, they would fail to cut obesity rates.

A target to halve rates by 2030 has been set.

Dame Sally said: "The unavoidable fact is that over time our environment has become very unhealthy without us realising.

"Our children are now suffering from painful, potentially life-limiting disease.

"Our politicians need to be bold and help everyone embrace healthier life choices."

Courtesy: BBC Health