Policy Positions & Briefings

The OHA has three active campaign priorities:

Reformulation

To secure and implement new, stronger fiscal measures to incentivise the reformulation of unhealthy food and drink products, based on the success of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.

Unhealthy Food & Drink Marketing

To secure and implement new restrictions on the marketing of unhealthy food and drink products, including a 9pm watershed on advertising on TV and a ban on paid-for advertising online.

Promotions

To secure and implement restrictions on promotional tactics used to encourage excessive consumption of unhealthy food and drink products.

Other OHA Policy Positions

Topic

These resources outline the OHA’s positions on weight stigma, which is a pervasive challenge in policymaking, in the media, and amongst the general public.

Further reading

Obesity is a highly complex issue, and there is no single cause or policy lever that can be pursued to address obesity. This position statement outlines the OHA’s overall stance on the issue.

Beyond the impact on people’s health and the growing inequalities in health outcomes between the most and least deprived communities in the UK, obesity directly leads to significant financial costs for the UK Government and wider society. This includes additional healthcare costs for the NHS, lost productivity and the economic impact of obesity-related co-morbidities.

In 2018, the UK Government implemented the ground-breaking Soft Drinks Industry Levy to encourage the reformulation of soft drinks. The OHA strongly supported the implementation of this levy.