Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley has warned about the increasing burden of obesity on the NHS.

Commenting on the latest official statistics from the Information Centre for health and social care, which show that more than 1 million NHS prescription items were dispensed to treat obesity in England in 2006, eight times the number dispensed in 1999, he said: "The burden obesity is placing on our already over-stretched NHS is becoming more and more unmanageable.

"What we need to do is help people make healthy choices so they don't become obese in the first place. But, even now, Alan Johnson is still dithering over whether to listen to our calls for proper food labelling, which could make a real difference."

To read more, visit the Information Centre's website.