Recent research published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that in Britain, 26.6 per cent of girls and 22.7 per cent of boys are considered overweight or obese. Meanwhile, the National Child Measurement Programme has reported that one third of children in England are either overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. The level of obesity in today’s school children puts them at a greater risk of developing diabetes and cancer.
This paper from Labour's Policy Review highlights some of the options for a new approach which could help parents improve their children’s diets and considers whether the introduction of legal limits on sugar, fat and salt would be beneficial.
“The findings of the OECD should shock us out of our complacency. It is clear that the current voluntary approach is not working. We need to open our minds to new approaches in tackling child obesity. Labour wants to lead this debate. That is why we are asking the public and experts if new limits for sugar, fats and salts would be the right approach. If we fail to act on the OECD’s warning we are storing up huge problems for the country and the NHS in the long term. That is why Labour is calling for new thinking and why we’re initiating this discussion.” Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary
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