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[Editorial] The UK’s inadequate plan for reducing childhood obesity

“Next stage of world-leading childhood obesity plan announced”, trumpeted the press release from Public Health England (PHE) on Aug 18, to coincide with the 1-year anniversary since the UK Government’s child obesity plan was launched. The new focus is calorie reduction, with PHE warning that the UK population is exceeding caloric intake by around 200–300 calories a day. With a third of children being overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, and the latest data highlighting an increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes in young people (621 received care from paediatric diabetic clinics in 2015–16), confronting childhood obesity remains an urgent public health challenge.

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