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A crackdown on junk food will struggle to reduce obesity because of the “ubiquity and

A crackdown on junk food will struggle to reduce obesity because of the “ubiquity and desirability” of unhealthy options, experts have warned.

Easy access to junk food 24 hours a day makes losing weight difficult for millions of people, according to a review commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research, which advises ministers.

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced compulsory calorie labelling in large food outlets, a 9pm curfew for television adverts for foods high in fat, salt and sugar and restrictions on store and online promotions for unhealthy foods.

The new review by the Centre for Food Policy at City University found that it could be almost impossible for people to stick to their diets.

“Fast-food marketing and advertising was