Tackling child obesity

I am disappointed to read media reports that indicate the UK Government have ‘axed’ plans to crackdown on junk-food advertising and promotional deals.

I recently raised the matter with the Department of Health after being contacted by constituent’s who support the campaign by Cancer Research UK to remove junk food marketing on TV before the 9pm watershed, a measure supported by 74 per cent of the public according to recent YouGov polling.

I have campaigned for UK cinemas to provide a wider range of snacks for customers, to include healthier, more affordable options.  I also previously contacted Odeon Cinemas and Cineworld, and met with Cinemas UK, urging them to consider extending the food options available at its venues.

I am deeply disappointed the UK Government have ripped up plans for tackling child obesity by axing a number of measures to crackdown on this growing trend.

As I’ve previously stated, promoting healthy eating has become a key issue with the growing obesity crisis- but consumers need to be provided with more choices and more information.

I hope the Prime Minister will reconsider the decision to reduce the number of measures the Government will take to tackle child obesity and ultimately promote health eating

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