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Podcast / The Big Issues

Turning the tide on obesity: Are we too obsessed with targets?

When the UK Government published its Obesity Strategy in 2020, many critics argued it didn’t go far enough. Now, an alliance of doctors, dentists and charities have set out their vision for change.

In this episode of the Table Talk Podcast, Caroline Cerny, Alliance Lead at the Obesity Health Alliance, joins Stefan Gates to set out why she believes their strategy could change the course of the UK’s obesity epidemic.

She talks about the impact of lockdown on our weight, why we need to move away from obesessing about obesity targets, and why she would like to see the end of cake sales at schools.

Caroline Cerny

Caroline Cerny is Alliance Lead at the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 40 health charities, medical royal colleges and campaign groups. She coordinates policy development, public affairs and communications across the membership, representing their views to policy makers and the media. 

Prior to this role, Caroline worked at Cancer Research UK for eight years developing public health campaigns on prevention and early diagnosis. She spent six months seconded into the Department of Health’s policy communication team working on childhood obesity and public health issues.

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