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Poor diet is the number one risk factor for disease in the UK that could be improved with some lifestyle changes.

At this year’s Oxford London Lecture, Professor Susan Jebb of Oxford University, who has over 25 years of experience in nutrition research, spelt out a range of measures that could encourage more people to eat a healthy diet and reduce levels of obesity.

Professor Jebb suggested that the health benefits gained through tobacco control policies and the treatments offered to smokers show what can be achieved with effective treatments for individuals and the public and political will to make  wider societal changes. She said a similar approach to overhaul food policy could include the introduction of taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks, new limits on promotions of unhealthy food, and a wider range of NHS treatments available to people who are obese.

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