The UK government’s action plan on childhood obesity in England, launched today (18 August), has been criticised by industry bodies, health campaigners and medical professionals alike. However, campaigners have more to gripe about than industry, writes Ben Cooper.
The long-awaited - and delayed - strategy to combat child obesity in England has been released by the UK's Department of Health today (18 August). The Government expressed "confidence" its measures would reduce the number of children who are obese. Industry criticised a voluntary target to reduce sugar and the reception from campaigning circles was mostly negative. Here's a flavour of the reaction.
The UK government's bid to tackle childhood obesity in England, including a levy on soft drinks and a voluntary reduction for sugar reduction in foods, have been criticised by campaigners this morning (18 August).
Restrictions on the marketing of "unhealthy food", a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks and government support for physical activity are needed to tackle rising international rates of child obesity, a report…