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An open letter to politicians on climate change and obesity

Garry J Egger, Boyd Swinburn, Fiona Stanley and Kerryn Phelps
Med J Aust 2010; 192 (6): 359-360.

To the Editor: As health professionals, we urge Australian politicians (and the public) to recognise the overlap in the underlying cause of two great health threats that our population now faces: the rise of obesity and its life-threatening disease consequences, and the great threats to health from global climate change.1-

Garry J Egger, Adjunct Professor of Health Sciences1
Boyd Swinburn, Professor of Population Health2
Fiona Stanley, Professor of Medicine3
Kerryn Phelps, Professor of General Practice4
1 Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.
2 Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC.
3 University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
4 University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
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