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More and more people could find themselves in need of obesity treatment as it has been suggested that Britons are struggling to keep their weight down as food prices continue to go up.

Tam Fry, spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, said that while there "definitely should be a focus on personal responsibility … sometimes it is very difficult for a lot of people to eat as healthily as they might".

The comments follow the publication of a government white paper, which revealed plans to launch the Public Health Responsibility Deal in 2011.

According to the paper, between three and four adults in the UK say that they do the recommended levels of physical activity a week, while further agreements need to be made to promote socially responsible retailing.

Mr Fry explained the problems associated with food retail: "The fact that we have had a credit crunch means that there is less disposable income, particularly in poorer families who are finding it more of a struggle to make ends meet.

"[They] are thereby consigned to eating cheaper food which is not necessarily the most healthy food."

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