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Obesity Health Alliance concerned about delay to Government Childhood Obesity Strategy
Date01 March 2016
Year 2016
Members of the Obesity Health Alliance, a campaign group which formed last November to tackle obesity, has expressed concern about the increased risks to children’s health caused by the delay of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy. 
The Government’s strategy has already been delayed for months but the Department of Health yesterday (Thursday 25 February) confirmed that it will not be published until the summer, after the European referendum. With almost two thirds of adults and almost a third of children in the UK overweight or obese, members of the Alliance have warned that every day without an effective strategy in place means that the obesity time bomb is ticking, and that opportunities are being missed to protect the health and wellbeing of children and their families. 
Jane Landon, Deputy Chief executive of the UK Health Forum said: “The Government has pledged its firm commitment to tackling child obesity, but we simply cannot afford a delay in taking action. As the clock ticks, the prevalence of obesity continues to rise, adding to already unsustainable demands on health and social care services.”
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