Childhood obesity strategy anticipated

By Judy Buttriss

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Related tags: Nutrition, Public health england

Buttriss: 'childhood obesity strategy expected in the new year'
Buttriss: 'childhood obesity strategy expected in the new year'
A paper in the Lancet in September revealed that while we are living longer, poor diet now exceeds smoking as a risk factor for chronic diseases in England. So, the policy focus on nutrition is unlikely to go away any time soon.

In October, Public Health England’s (PHE) evidence package on sugars was unveiled. The package identified eight levers, each of which has a broad reach. They will feed into the government's childhood obesity strategy expected in the new year.

PHE levers

Paraphrased, these levers are: reduce and rebalance the number and types of price promotions in all retail outlets; significantly reduce opportunities to market and advertise high sugar foods and drinks; set a clear definition for high sugar foods, including a review of Ofcom's nutrient profiling model; gradual sugar reduction combined with smaller portion sizes; a tax on high sugar products; adoption of government buying standards across the public sector; awareness raising and practical advice on sugars; and accredited training in diet and health in the catering, fitness and leisure sectors.

With regard to training in nutrition, we at the BNF have been working on a series of low-cost certificated online training courses. They can be found at www.nutrition.org.uk​.

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