According to the NHS, obesity describes the condition of a person who is “very overweight with a lot of body fat”, and is often diagnosed through a combination of measuring body mass index and waist circumference. Potential health implications of obesity include diabetes, heart disease, cancer and strokes.
An NHS statistical report in April 2018 found that 20% of children in year 6 of primary school were obese. Alongside the related manifesto pledge to take action to reduce obesity in the population as a whole, this policy is a promise to continue to take action to reduce levels of childhood obesity specifically.
There are many government initiatives taking place which relate to tackling childhood obesity, including:
- 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 obesity-reduction strands interact.
There have also been several consultations related to tackling obesity under this government.
This policy is a promise to “continue” taking action, so the evidence outlined above warrants a status of ‘done’. We’ll keep tracking for further developments, including evidence of a reduction in childhood obesity levels, 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