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Treating obesity could cost 5m

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One of the 27 recommendations was to promote healthier living

Treating obesity could cost Guernsey more than £5m a year in future unless the problem is tackled now, The Health and Social Services Department said.

The department's latest obesity strategy estimates unless action is taken treating obesity could cost it between £2.6m and £5.4m a year.

It has come up with 27 recommendations to tackle the problem including promoting healthier living.

It said it will be at least 20 years before the current trends are reversed.

The department said it hoped to work with supermarkets and restaurants to promote healthier living and increase the monitoring of weight in schools and employing new dieticians.

The States has already decided there would be no funding for the project for 2010, but the department hoped the situation would change in subsequent years and it would be able to implement the strategy.

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