Letters: How can a charity ask us to feed obesity epidemic

Last week after my morning surgery, one of the reception staff pointed at a box delivered by hand.

Big bold writing on the box: 'Sweets 4 supporting MacMillan charity'.

And inside the box were loads of small packets of milk chocolates, eclairs, wine gums, jellybeans, fizzy peaches.

The charity wanted a GP surgery to sell these to our patients to raise money for the Macmillan charity.

Imagine asking a primary care physician to sell sugary stuff to raise money when we know very well that we are facing an obesity epidemic. Or asking a physician to sell sweets to increase obesity and indirectly increase the risk of cancer.

The charity which helps people deal with this illness is asking primary care to sell the stuff to increase the illness. It doesn't make any sense to me.

Just to freshen up the knowledge of the Macmillan charity in case it has forgotten: obesity increases the risk of endometrial, colorectal and post-menopausal breast cancer.

We GPs are proactively managing the increasing obesity problem. Some of us are fortunate to have a health trainer funded by our PCT to action obesity.

Let us work together if any results are to be achieved.

Dr Anita Sharma, Oldham

A Macmillan spokesman said: 'Macmillan Cancer Support advocates a healthy balanced lifestyle and shares Dr Sharma's concerns regarding obesity.

'However, these small bags of sweets, were only ever intended to be sold for consumption in moderation.

'We rely on raising money from the public for 99 per cent of our income which is absolutely vital for us to continue providing essential services that meet the needs of the two million people living with cancer in the UK.'

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