OHA NEWS

Statement: OECD data shows the UK has the highest obesity rate in Europe

“It is both shocking and sobering that there are 92% more obese adults in the UK now than in the 1990s – and that the UK has the fifth highest obesity rate amongst OECD countries and the highest in Western Europe. “The answer lies in tackling the problem early - as...

Scotland’s New Obesity and Diet Strategy

“The Scottish Government has put forward a comprehensive and wide-ranging set of proposals which recognise that by removing the forces pushing families towards junk food, we can make healthy lifestyles easier. Taking action on special offers on junk food, and...

National Childhood Obesity Data: The Same Devastating Story

“Each year the childhood obesity statistics tell the same devastating story. Obesity continues to rise and it’s the children from the most deprived backgrounds who have the odds stacked against them. Nearly one in ten children are obese when they first start school...

OHA on new rules restricting junk food advertising to children

The new rules acknowledge it is wrong to advertise junk food to children, but only take a small step in the right direction. For too long children have been relentlessly bombarded with junk food adverts online, on billboards outside schools and at the cinema. But just...

OHA response to Conservative manifesto pledge on childhood obesity

"The continued emphasis on tackling childhood obesity is welcome – and food labelling and promoting school sport is an important part of that. However, there is also an urgent need to combat the obesogenic environment, including extending existing restrictions on junk...

OHA response to Liberal Democrat manifesto commitments on obesity

“Children in the UK are growing up in an environment that makes healthy eating hard.  Tackling this obesogenic environment must be a key part of any obesity strategy – and commitments to restricting TV advertising of junk food before the 9pm watershed, traffic light...

Response to WHO study on health and well-being of Europe’s youth

“Obesity, especially in young people,  is a major cause for concern across Europe just as it is in the UK. “The next government needs to prioritise tackling childhood obesity with measures like the Soft Drinks Industry, Public Health England's sugar reduction...