We've welcomed this week's announcement that the Government intends to publish the second chapter of the Childhood Obesity Plan.
The plan was set up to reduce England's rate of childhood obesity within the next 10 years by encouraging industry to cut the amount of sugar in food and drinks, and primary school children to eat more healthily and stay active.
Our Chief Executive Chris Askew said: “We welcome the long-awaited commitment from Government to publish the second chapter in the Childhood Obesity Plan. Nearly two years on from the launch of the original plan, ever greater numbers of children are heading for an increased risk of type 2 diabetes later in life; there is an urgent need to turn this situation around.
“The announcements this week clearly demonstrate the need for mandatory front of pack traffic-light labelling as well as calorie labelling out of home. Where sugar content in many products either isn’t being reduced or is actually increasing, it has never been more important that the public has more information about what is in their food to make informed choices about what they eat.”
Chris said: “The first year results of the sugar reduction plan are a huge cause for concern and should be treated as a wake-up call. Without decisive action from Government, and a consistent commitment from industry to achieving these goals, targets simply will not be met."
He added: “More than one in five children are already obese or overweight in their first year of primary school, rising to over one in three by the time they leave, increasing their risk of type 2 diabetes. We owe it to this and future generations to work to create an environment that gives our children a healthy start in life.”