Daily Mail

How doctors fund fast-food firms blamed for obesity


DOCTORS are unwittingl­y funding junk-food firms with fees paid to their regulator.

The General Medical Council has investment­s of nearly £870,000 in food or soft drink firms Nestle, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Pepsico, Coca- Cola, and Unilever, the British Medical Journal found.

The regulator charges doctors a £ 161 registrati­on fee and another £420 in annual fees.

Almost two-thirds of Britons are overweight or obese, which raises the risk of health problems. The rise in fast-food outlets is seen as a driving factor.

GP Sam Everington, of Tower Hamlets Clinical Commission­ing Group, said doctors ‘would be horrified to know their money is being invested in fast-food companies that are the cause of so much disease’, adding: ‘This is no different to investing in tobacco companies.’

The GMC said it had a duty to maintain its financial assets and applied ‘ ethical restrictio­ns’ to firms its money was invested in, adding: ‘ This includes tobacco, alcohol, pornograph­y, gambling and highintere­st-rate lending.’

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