Tackling childhood obesity
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Lets look at the positives
- The introduction of a soft drinks industry levy (sugar tax), to come into force in 2 years time
- A 5% reduction of sugar in products popular with children over the next year. The eventual target is a voluntary 20% sugar cut over the next four years.
- Those popular products are breakfast cereals, yoghurts, biscuits, cakes, confectionery, pastries, puddings, ice cream and sweet spreads
- Primary schools to provide at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day and support families to do the same amount at home.
- More funds for school sport – from the sugar tax
- Targets for sugar content per 100g of product; no specific amounts given
And what’s missing?
- No restrictions on junk food marketing and advertising during popular family TV programmes
- No Ban on price-cutting promotions of junk food in supermarkets,
- No compulsory ‘front of pack’ traffic light labelling system
You might well be wondering what all the fuss is about and why you should be concerned about your child’s weight?
I think this extract from the strategy says it all………
Today nearly a third of children aged 2 to 15 are overweight or obese and younger generations are becoming obese at earlier ages and staying obese for longer. Reducing obesity levels will save lives as obesity doubles the risk of dying prematurely. Obese adults are seven times more likely to become a type 2 diabetic than adults of a healthy weight, which may cause blindness or limb amputation. And not only are obese people more likely to get physical health conditions like heart disease, they are also more likely to be living with conditions like depression
If you are concerned about your child’s weight or you would like them to eat a wider variety of foods, then why not book in for a nutrition consultation with me. I also offer cookery classes. 07946 301338
So over to you
Will this strategy make you think about sugar and junk food?
Will you be reading labels and vetoing certain foods for your children?
Will you be getting them to play more and sit less?
Will you be buying fewer *sugary drinks?
*If you are confused about the amount of sugar in food and drinks this simple calculation may help
Divide the amount of sugar in grams by 4 to get the number teaspoons. In this example, each cake bar contains 12.9 g or more than 3 teaspoons of sugar (12.9 / 4). To put that in to context, children should be eating no more than 5-7 (added) teaspoons of sugar a day