General Article Why exercise is important, but nutrition is even better: sure-fire ways to help our health

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By Daniel Hunt, Freelance Consultant in Public Health Policy

As the COVID-19 pandemic has starkly reminded us, the basic functioning of the economy and the building blocks of a fair society depend on good health. Many people have been put at greater risk of the virus because of underlying health conditions that could have been prevented, many of them linked to overweight and obesity.

And meanwhile, shockingly high rates of children’s obesity continue to persist, even among those as young as primary school age. In this blog, we reflect on what we know about how exercise and nutrition affect our ability to keep a healthy weight, particularly among children, and consider some ways the government can act.

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