Obesity in children aged 2 to 15 has doubled in ten years, according to the Health Survey for England.
There are 1, 400 known cases of Type 2 diabetes in children, all of them directly attributable to poor diet and lack of physical exercise.
Diabetes UK believes unless action is taken to reduce the exposure of unhealthy food advertising and stem the rising level of obesity among children in the UK, cases of Type 2 diabetes in young people will continue to increase – with serious implications for both individuals and the NHS.
On 25 April the Second Reading of the Food Products (Marketing to Children) Bill will take place and Diabetes UK are urging you to take part in our e-campaign to ask your MP to vote in favour of the measures it contains.
The Bill proposes the introduction of a 9pm watershed for television advertising of unhealthy food and protection for children from other forms of marketing for these products.