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22 June 2017
As we emerge from yet another election to face yet more political turmoil, with no Government majority, no clear plan for Brexit and the country seemingly more divided than ever, we could almost be forgiven for neglecting the top threat to the health of children in the UK today – their expanding waistlines.
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The double burden of childhood obesity and undernutrition have reached epidemic levels worldwide. We need to act now to secure a happier, healthier world for our children and for future generations. Campaigning for wider change across the food system is something that affects each and every one of us. We all have a role to play in making change happen.
Fairer marketing is one of the six points in Jamie’s plan to tackle childhood obesity. We are campaigning to protect children from junk food marketing as we know that advertising is unequivocally linked to rates of obesity. Since 1980 the global rate of obesity has more than doubled. In the UK alone, 1.8 million kids watch primetime weekend TV (think X-Factor or Britain’s Got Talent). As they’re not specifically aimed at kids, these shows aren’t subject to the same restrictions that apply to dedicated children's programming. This means they can advertise what they like in the breaks and millions of kids see ads for foods high in fat and sugar, including chocolate, crisps, pizza and sweets. We think that junk food advertising in all forms should be banned before 9pm.
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The UK now joins Mexico, France and South Africa in implementing a tax on sugary drinks. In the UK, this will generate half a billion pounds that will go straight into schools, invested into sports and breakfast clubs. Jamie has welcomed the news about a levy on sugary drinks in the UK, but believes that this is only one part of a multi-layered solution to a complex obesity problem and hopes that this will be addressed in the UK Government’s childhood obesity strategy, due to be released in summer 2016. Read the answers to your questions on the sugary drinks tax here.
Together with medical experts and professionals, Jamie has drafted a six-point plan to tackle childhood obesity in the UK. The levy on sugary drinks was just one of a range of proposed policies, initiatives, incentives and community-based interventions, which together create a powerful tool for change. Jamie has sent his proposal to PM David Cameron and believes we must keep putting pressure on the Government to consider these measures and be bold once again in their own strategy. You can read more about Jamie’s proposed Childhood Obesity Strategy here.
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