South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has expressed his support for new measures from the government to tackle obesity.
Almost two thirds of adults in England are overweight or living with obesity – and 1 in 3 children leave primary school overweight or obese, with obesity-related illnesses costing the NHS £6 billion a year. Mr Dunne is a member of the APPG on Obesity, and a longstanding campaigner on obesity and the role it plays in increasing rates of diabetes.
The government is setting out an Obesity Strategy to help people take control of their own future by losing weight, getting active and adopting a healthier lifestyle. Measures in the plan include: banning unhealthy food adverts on TV and online before 9pm – and consulting on whether the online ban should apply at all times of day; ending ‘buy one get one free’ promotions of unhealthy foods; requiring large restaurants, cafes and takeaways to add calorie labels; consulting on plans to provide calorie labelling on alcohol; and expanding NHS weight management services. This coincides with a new ‘Better Health’ campaign which will call on people to adopt a healthier lifestyle and lose weight.
Mr Dunne, a former Health Minister, said:
We know obesity causes significant health issues, and costs our NHS billions of pounds each year, but COVID19 has shown yet another reason why it is important to maintain a healthy weight.
Obesity is a growing problem, particularly among children, so it is right the government helps people to make informed choices for their health, and explores a broad range of solutions to tackle obesity in society, to protect the NHS and improve our nation’s health.”