Nutrition: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of implementing Public Health England’s recommendation on achieving a 20 per cent reduction in children’s calorie intake by 2024.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

A 20% reduction in calories from everyday foods that contribute to intakes, if achieved over five years, would prevent 35,370 premature deaths, save the National Health Service £4.5 billion in healthcare costs and save social care costs of around £4.48 billion, over a 25 year period.

This information is set out in Public Health England’s recent report “Calorie reduction: The scope and ambition for action” which is available at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/685359/Calorie_reduction_The_scope_and_ambition_for_action.pdf

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