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TORONTO - Ontario doctors have launched an assault on obesity, saying society should aggressively fight the epidemic using the tools that have made major inroads in the battle against smoking.
The campaign calls for graphic warnings â?? like the ones tobacco companies must print on cigarette packages â?? on high-calorie, low-nutritional value foods such as sugar-sweetened soft drinks, french fries and even fruit juices.
It also calls for higher taxes on sugary or fatty foods, lower taxes on healthy foods, and restrictions on sales of junk foods in sports venues and other recreational facilities used by children and teenagers.
The types of changes needed to fight obesity won't come into effect overnight, Dr. Doug Weir, president of the Ontario Medical Association, admitted at a news conference announcing the campaign Tuesday.
But Weir said society needs to start addressing obesity or it will face epidemic levels of weight-induced illnesses, including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
"If we don't do something about this now, we're going to have a tidal wave of the consequences of those conditions," said Weir, a psychiatrist who said he deals with issues related to childhood obesity on a regular basis in his practice.