Childhood obesity

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.

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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

Progress so far

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Cutting sugar

We are challenging the food and drinks industry to reduce sugar by at least 20% by 2020 in products that contribute to children’s sugar intakes.

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Soft drinks levy

We will introduce a soft drinks industry levy across the UK, where companies will pay a charge for drinks containing added sugar. The government has consulted on how the levy will be put into force, and published its response to people's comments. The levy will be put into law in 2017.

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Making school food healthier

We will update the School Food Standards to follow the latest government nutrition advice, and encourage academies and free schools to commit to these standards.

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Case studies

Find out about the work that schools, local authorities and charities are doing around the country to reduce childhood obesity.

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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.

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Healthy rating scheme for primary schools

A new rating scheme will show how much primary schools do to help their pupils be healthy. These ratings will be taken into account in Ofsted inspections.

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Activity for kids

We will help schools to encourage their pupils to be active and have a healthier lifestyle. We want every child to get an hour's activity every day.

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What can parents do?

If you're worried about your child's weight, or want to make sure they are eating healthily, there's lots of advice on the Change4Life site.

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