On 27 July the UK Government launched its new strategy to help adults and children live healthier lives by tackling obesity. While many provisions relate only to England there are others which are UK wide. Headlines include intentions to:
- Ban TV and (consult on banning online) adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt before 9pm – by 2022.
- End of deals like ‘buy one get one free’ on unhealthy food high in salt, sugar and fat.
- Ensure calories are displayed on menus to help people make healthier choices when eating out – and consult on the listing of hidden ‘liquid calories’ in alcoholic drinks.
Part One of Westminster’s National Food Strategy has also just been launched, containing ‘urgent recommendations’ in the light of the pandemic, and focusing on child poverty and the country’s changing trading relationships. Again, whilst primarily aimed at England, many of the recommendations have implications across the UK. A more comprehensive Part Two is to follow.