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Public Health (05-10-2007)

Achievements in efforts to combat obesity – Robert Madelin Interviews

What have been the achievements of the Commission's Platform for Action on Diet, Physical Activity & Health? What challenges do the Platform's members face in delivering on their commitments? Is industry self-regulation enough to address the obesity epidemic in Europe? What are the next steps for the Platform?

Robert Madelin, Director-General of the Commission's DG for Health and Consumer Protection, answers these questions and more, in two interviews he gave to the European Food and Information Council (EUFIC). The first one was first aired last March to mark the platform's second anniversary, while the second took place after the Commission went ahead with two major initiatives in its efforts to combat obesity and promote physical activity - the White Paper on Nutrition (endorsed on May 30, 2007) and the joint TV advertising campaign with UEFA (launched on August 30, 2007). 
For futher information on what Robert Madelin said -you can listen to and/or watch the interviews- at:
Further information on the EU Platform on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, please view:
EUFIC Website: