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Cash needed to reduce obesity

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The government must fund more school nurse posts to help stem the increase in obesity levels, according to the RCN.

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.

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