In the UK, one in 25 children is obese. That is why the British Government wants to ban the sale of sweets in the supermarket cashier’s area or as part of special offers. They shall also impose restrictions on the dissemination of advertisements for sweets in a measure to reduce the childhood obesity incidence.
Sweets sold in the UK in the supermarket cashier’s area or as part of special offers will be banned as part of a UK Government proposal to reduce childhood obesity, as the British Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, reported that these measures will give “more power” to parents to make decisions that are healthier for their children.
Another plan is to impose restrictions on the distribution of advertisements on television or through the so-called junk food network, as well as to force restaurants to place the number of calories in their foods on their menus.
The British Government also wants to ban the selling of energy drinks to children to reduce childhood obesity
The Government also proposed to ban the sale of energy drinks to children because these drinks contain high levels of caffeine.
All these proposals would be part of an updated Childhood Obesity Plan, criticised by some experts for not taking stricter measures to tackle the overweight issue in children. As part of this plan, the British Government also recommends that children should perform at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
“Parents are asking for help. We know that more than three-quarters of parents find snack and candy special offers at grocery’s cashier’s areas annoying,” Jeremy Hunt said.
“It is our job to empower parents to make healthier choices and make their lives easier,” added the British Health Minister.
Expert Russell Viner of the Royal College of Paediatricians and Children’s Health said the measures “will help families make healthier choices and make a difference in the lives of children and young people.” Other specialists also applauded the new proposals the British Government proposed in the fight against childhood obesity.