OHA NEWS

Statement: New childhood obesity data from NHS Digital

“The ever-increasing number of children living with obesity is a clear reflection of the unhealthy wider environment that pushes us towards sugary and fatty food and drinks. But we can do something about this. We need to start with reducing the number of junk food...

Letter published in The Telegraph – 26 July 2018

Read online here Stopping child obesity SIR – Big challenges require bold and brave action, and there is no bigger public health challenge than the increasing number of children who are affected by obesity. In order to thrive, Britain needs its workforce of the future...

Six facts about junk food marketing

Junk food adverts significantly influence children’s food choices There is wealth of strong, peer-reviewed evidence proving that the food adverts children see, influence the foods they choose and how much of it they eat. Junk food marketing in particular is linked...

Response to PHE’s Sugar Reduction Progress Report

“These results show a very mixed picture. Some brands have managed to meet or exceed the initial 5% target, stepping up to play their role in improving children’s health. However it’s very worrying that the majority of the top 20 highest selling, sugary brands  have...

Statement: The introduction of the ‘sugar tax’

“It’s great news that the soft drinks levy is now in place. We’re all eating more sugar than is recommended and sugary soft drinks contribute to this - particularly in teens where sugary drinks are their top source of sugar. They provide empty calories and contribute...