The government wants to significantly reduce childhood obesity over the next 10 years. The childhood obesity plan, published in August 2016, sets out the action we are taking to reduce childhood obesity, working with local communities, the food industry, schools and the NHS.
Childhood obesity: a plan for action
The main measures in the plan are:
- introducing a soft drinks industry levy, where companies will pay a charge for drinks containing added sugar
- launching a programme to reduce sugar in the products that contribute to children’s sugar intake
- making school food healthier
- helping children to get an hour of physical activity a day
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Progress so far
- HM Treasury has consulted on the soft drinks industry levy and published the government response to the consultation.
- Food manufacturers and retailers, such as Tesco, have reduced sugar in some products, and others have committed to reducing sugar, such as Lucozade, Waitrose and Petits Filous.
- The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) have announced new rules for children’s media, banning the advertising of high fat, salt or sugar food or drinks from July 2017.
- NHS England has run a consultation on selling sugary drinks in hospitals.
Be Food Smart
The Be Food Smart app shows you how much sugar, saturated fat and salt is in the food and drinks you buy, to help you make healthier choices for the whole family.