A continuation of the conversation….Childhood Obesity Plan Chapter 2 confirmed

by Beth Bradshaw | 23 May, 2018 9:42 am

Yesterday, Steve Brine, Secretary of State for Primary Care and Public Health, confirmed the Government will be publishing the next chapter of the Childhood Obesity Plan.

This is fantastic news given that amount of missed opportunities in the original strategy, published back in August 2016. Whilst the Government should be commended for the successful introduction and response to the Soft Drinks Industry Levy in April 2018, apart from this there has been either little to no action on some of the key commitments outlined in the strategy, or simply little progress. The latter, for example, can be demonstrated in the first year results from the sugar reduction programme, which challenged industry to cut the amount of sugar in 8 food categories most popular with children. Results have shown that on the whole, industry have failed to rise to the challenge and play their part in the fight against childhood obesity.

We hope to see many of the commitments originally set out by David Cameron’s Conservative Government, but were later scrapped when Theresa May took office. These include:

 

 

Childhood obesity continues to worsen, which will have significant negative impact on children’s short term and long term health. We welcome this news of a new strategy, and hope it outlines a range of appropriate action to help promote healthier environments for the future generation.

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