New proposals to halve childhood obesity

The government has unveiled plans to halve childhood obesity by 2030, with new proposals to help hit this target. These include a legal age limit on energy drinks, making ‘calorie labelling’ mandatory on restaurant/takeaway menus and a crackdown on displaying unhealthy food at checkouts. 

Here at Slimming World we have welcomed the publication of the Childhood Obesity Strategy, as our mission is to tackle obesity through a whole-family approach, by educating and supporting members to adopt healthier habits. Jenny Caven, Slimming World’s Head of External Affairs, says, ‘Obesity is a complex and multi-layered issue that has an impact on physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing. The public is confused about how to eat healthily and is constantly bombarded with promotion of foods that are high in fat, salt and sugar. Arming people with knowledge to make healthier choices is essential and equipping families to eat healthily and become more active is the key to a healthy future for our children. There is strong evidence of a link between parents who are overweight and a child’s propensity to obesity and we agree that new initiatives and policy must encourage a whole-family approach.’

If you’d like to support your child to lose weight in a safe, healthy way, find your nearest group here

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