An NHS statistical report in April 2018 found that 26% of adults were obese and 20% of children in year 6 of primary school. This policy to promote efforts to reduce unhealthy ingredients arises from the finding that “we are living in an obesogenic environment where less than healthier choices are the default”.
There are many government initiatives which relate to tackling the problem of unhealthy ingredients:
- soft drinks industry levy
- sugar reduction programme
- calorie reduction programme
- consistent calorie labelling
- ending promotion of unhealthy food by location
- banning price promotions of unhealthy foods
- banning sale of energy drinks to children
In November 2018, the government published a paper which looked at how these various strands interact.
There have also been several consultations related to tackling obesity under this government.
Given the evidence of government action to promote efforts to reduce unhealthy ingredients we’re giving this a status of ‘done’. We’ll keep tracking for further developments, so follow this policy to stay up to date.
Want the details?
- Obesity – NHS
- Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet – England, 2018 [PAS] – NHS Digital
- Second’s out, round two: Is the government’s latest childhood obesity plan a knockout? – The King’s Fund
- Soft Drinks Industry Levy comes into effect – Gov.uk
- Sugar reduction: report on first year progress – Gov.uk
- Calorie reduction: the scope and ambition for action – Gov.uk
- Childhood obesity: a plan for action – Chapter 2 – Gov.uk
- Childhood obesity: a plan for action: A consideration of interactions between modelled policies – Gov.uk
- Healthy eating – Gov.uk