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Statin drugs with junk food 'irresponsible'

Giving out statin drugs with fatty junk food is an irresponsible approach.

This is according to Barbara Harpham, national director at Heart Research UK.

Researchers at Imperial College London have suggested that offering customers statin drugs free of charge with fatty fast food could reduce the levels of heart disease.

A wide range of studies have shown that the drugs can neutralise heart disease dangers by removing unhealthy LDL cholesterol in the blood.

Ms Harpham said that this was not a good way to combat obesity and promote healthy living.

"Health professionals and charities like Heart Research UK encourage healthy lifestyles and then all that good work is destroyed by saying a pill is the quick fix," she said.

"It's a good headline grabber but, in reality, irresponsible. It encourages a 'do now, pay later' attitude and people not taking personal responsibility for their health."

Obesity affects around a quarter of adults in the UK, according to the most recent figures from the NHS Information Centre in 2008.

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