Teresa Nightingale, General Manager for World Cancer Research Fund, said: ‘We welcome some parts of the new document such as its measurable goals for obesity reduction and the focus on the importance of what happens at the local level.
“But we are very disappointed the Government is not taking more responsibility for fixing the problem of obesity and this strategy seems to be largely an exercise in central government passing the buck to councils, industry and individual people.
“Obesity is one of the biggest challenges we face today and this lacks the plans for meaningful change that are needed if we are going to tackle it. The Government seems to be suggesting that we can make the problem go away simply by giving people information but this flies in the face of all the available evidence which shows the importance of central government action.”
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) raises awareness that cancer is largely preventable and helps people make choices to reduce their chances of developing the disease.
This includes research into how cancer risk is related to diet, physical activity, and weight management, and education programmes that highlight the fact that about a third of cancers could be prevented through changes to lifestyle. For more information on the charity’s work, visit www.wcrf-uk.org
The WCRF report, called Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and the Prevention of Cancer: a Global Perspective, was launched in November 2007 and is the most comprehensive report ever published on the link between cancer and lifestyle. For more information, visit www.dietandcancerreport.org