Ontario docs launch assault on obesity, urging tobacco-like warnings on bad food

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TORONTO - Ontario doctors say it's time to fight obesity using the tools that worked in the battle against smoking.

The Ontario Medical Association is launching a campaign to combat the root causes of obesity, especially fatty and low cost food.

They say junk food like french fries should come in packaging containing graphic images of the toll obesity takes on the human body.

One of the images they displayed this morning at a news conference showed a foot with an open wound — a problem that diabetics can develop. Another showed a liver suffering from fatty liver disease.

They are also calling on governments to raise taxes on junk food and restrict marketing of fatty or sugary foods directed at children.

Association President Dr. Doug Weir says the types of changes needed to fight obesity won't take place overnight but society needs to start addressing the problem.

Organizations: Ontario Medical Association

Geographic location: Ontario, TORONTO

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