Doctor laments NHS junk food promotion

Junk food should be banned from every hospital in the country as a trigger to help Britain resolve its current obesity crisis.

That's according to a motion to be tabled at the British Medical Association's (BMA) annual conference in Edinburgh by Dr Aseem Malhotra, who is suggesting a complete ban on unhealthy food in the NHS could be the way forward in tackling obesity, reports mirror.co.uk.

Britain suffers from the highest obesity rate in Europe, with one in three children and one in four adults classified as obese. This proportion is expected to double by 2050 unless something is done.

Dr Malhotra laments the amount of foods loaded with sugar, salt and trans fats on the market coupled with the junk food industry's aggressive and irresponsible marketing.

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Dr Malhotra commented on Britain's burgeoning waistline: "The obesity epidemic represents a public health crisis, but it is a public health scandal that by legitimising junk food hospitals have themselves become a risk factor for diet related disease.

"It's time for the BMA to join the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in lobbying for a ban on sales of junk food and beverages in hospitals. We must start in our own back yard," he added, cited by itv.com.