Obesity: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th October 2018.

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Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Conservative, Plymouth, Moor View

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government's revised childhood obesity plan will make tackling noncommunicable diseases a priority.

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

Obesity is a leading cause of serious non-communicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Many of the key measures in both chapters of our childhood obesity plan will have an impact on tackling obesity across all age groups. These include the soft drinks industry levy, sugar reduction and wider calorie reformulation programme, restricting promotions and calorie labelling in restaurants which will improve our eating habits and reduce the amount of sugar we consume.

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