Doctors hit out at Government's obesity strategy as they launch campaign to tackle Britain's junk food problem48% of men and 43% of women will be obese by 2030One in three children are overweight or obese aged 9

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12:51 GMT, 15 April 2012


Big problem: A third of nine-year-olds in Britain are obese or overweight

Big problem: A third of nine-year-olds in Britain are obese or overweight

Doctors have hit out at the Coalition's obesity strategy today as they launched a campaign to tackle Britain's junk food problem.

The body that represents every doctor in the country said there was a 'huge crisis waiting to happen' because measures to tackle the fat problem are failing.

A quarter of women (24 per cent) and just
over a fifth of men (22 per cent) in the UK are now classed as obese – the highest in Europe.

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Failing: The umbrella group warned that current strategies to tackle Britain's growing obesity problem are not working

In an apparent attack on the Coalition, he said that current strategies to tackle obesity were not working.

He added: 'We recognise the huge crisis waiting to happen and believe that current strategies to reduce obesity are failing to have a significant impact.'

He added: 'Speaking with one voice we have a more of a chance of preventing generation after generation falling victim to obesity-related illnesses and death.'

One in three children are overweight or obese by the age of nine.

The campaign will seek the views of healthcare professionals, local authorities, education providers, charities, campaign groups and the public, in the form of written and oral evidence.

It's first report will be published later this year and will offer recommendations for how the medical profession, individuals, organisations and the government can reduce obesity levels.

Professor Sir Neil Douglas, chairman of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, said: 'This won't be just another report that sits on the shelf and gathers dust; it will form the bedrock of our ongoing campaigning activity.

'We are absolutely determined to push for whatever changes need to happen to make real progress in tackling – which is why we're casting the net wide to get input from a range of organisations and individuals.

The Academy of Royal Medical Colleges represents all surgeons, psychiatrists, paediatricians and GPs.