“This bold report clearly lays out how our environment is flooded with unhealthy food and drink and how this is overwhelming families and damaging children’s health. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Professor Dame Sally tackles the issue head on with a series of comprehensive recommendations to turn the tide of childhood obesity.
Health minister Matt Hancock commissioned this report as an urgent review into what more could be done to meet the Government target of halving childhood obesity by 2030. This report makes crystal clear that the target will be missed and children’s health will suffer unless the Government fully delivers existing plans and goes much, much further. What’s stark is just how far we currently are from stemming the tide of junk food in our environment with policies such as 9pm watershed on junk food adverts on TV and online and restrictions on promotions stalled since they were announced well over a year ago.
Changing the factors that influence childhood obesity is firmly within the gift of politicians. Growing up healthy is every child’s right and we strongly encourage the Government to step up and do the right thing and put children’s health, not company profits, at the forefront of Government policy.”