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Obesity

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment the Government has made of the economic effect on the UK food industry of proposed Public Health England measures to reduce the size of food products by 20 per cent.

Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on consumer health of reducing the size of food products by 20 per cent.

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

Public Health England (PHE) has not made an assessment of the economic effect on the United Kingdom food industry of proposed measures to reduce the calorie content of food products by 20%.

An assessment was, however, made through modelling to estimate the potential health economic benefits of a calorie reduction programme at a population level. A 20% reduction in calories from everyday foods that contribute to population intake, 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 was included in PHE’s report published in March 2018 ‘Calorie reduction: The scope and ambition for action’, which can be accessed at the following link:

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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