The soft drinks industry levy will save money tomorrow by helping to tackle children’s obesity today. Sugary soft drinks have no nutritional value and are the single biggest contributor to a child’s sugar intake, and high consumption of sugar is one of the factors fuelling the obesity crisis. A third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, putting them at a greater risk of serious health conditions later in life such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart and liver disease and associated mental health problems. These conditions place an immense toll on our nation’s health and our already-stretched health service. The levy has huge potential help tackle obesity and save the NHS money.
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- Press release: Health costs of obesity soaring as junk food companies pour millions into advertising
- Government Childhood Obesity Plan One Year on: End of Year Report says ‘some good progress but must try harder’
- OHA on new rules restricting junk food advertising to children
- OHA response to the Scottish National Party’s obesity manifesto commitments