Professor James, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK, was speaking in Boston at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
He commented: "This is a community epidemic that is actually a response to all the wonderful apparent industrial and economic development changes that we've seen, with a collapse in the need for physical activity, and now a targeting of children to make profits by big industry in food and drink.
"We have to change that, and it will not come unless we have a coherent government-led strategy. The issue is: have we got the political will?"
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Obesity 'requires climate plan'