GPs have stressed that all foodstuffs should be clearly labeled with their potential health impact and for nutritional education to be made a compulsory component of the national curriculum in schools in order to curb the growing obesity epidemic.
The doctors, who represent GPs from across Scotland, have called for society as a whole to tackle the obesity time bomb that the UK faces.
Dr John Ip, a GP in Glasgow, who proposed the motion said:
Dr Dean Marshall, Chairman of the BMA's Scottish General Practitioners Committee said:
"Obesity is a very serious issue that can lead to a number of life-threatening health problems. Doctors have a role to play in supporting overweight patients and talking about the dangers of obesity but there is a limit to what we can do. The small measures proposed to today would encourage people to make healthy choices and achieve a real improvement in the future health of our children."