College general secretary Peter Carter welcomed a call from health secretary Alan Johnson last week for all health charities, retailers, the health profession and community action groups to join in a UK-wide campaign to tackle obesity.
Mr Carter said: ‘Obesity is everyone’s business and we need a collaborative approach.’
But he added: ‘If we are to have a long-term impact, it is essential the government invests in specialists and school nurses who can put children on the right track at an early age.’
In a speech at the Fabian Society, Mr Johnson said the government could not ‘hector’ people and that all of society had to unite to tackle obesity.
‘We need a national movement that will bring about a fundamental change in the way we live our lives,’ he said.