My wish-list for 2016

By Judy Buttriss

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Childhood obesity strategy, Nutrition

My wish-list for 2016
Top of my list is that balance will be restored to discussions about healthy eating and, ever the optimist, I am pinning my hopes on the relaunch of the government's Eatwell plate healthy eating guide, scheduled for the new year.

Though many of us consume free sugars far in excess of the new recommendations and need to act accordingly, I, for one, am not convinced that the current preoccupation with sugar is helping the nation to achieve the full range of nutrition principles important for health. Meanwhile, anecdotally, nurseries are questioning whether fruit is healthy for children and there is confusion about sources of fat.

I'm also looking forward to the unveiling of the childhood obesity strategy as the stats for the UK are not good and further action is needed.

Will 2016 be the year when we get a decision on the question pending since 2009 on folic acid fortification of flour? And will there be policy on ensuring adequate vitamin D intakes in light of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition's recent draft report showing that one-in-five have levels of vitamin D below the threshold thought to be protective of musculoskeletal health? It promises to be a fascinating 12 months ahead.

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