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.
- OHA response to the Scottish National Party’s obesity manifesto commitments
- OHA response to Conservative manifesto pledge on childhood obesity
- OHA response to Liberal Democrat manifesto commitments on obesity
- Response to WHO study on health and well-being of Europe’s youth
- Response to news that Labour will introduce tougher rules on junk food marketing to children