Uncertainty over the economy and Britain’s impending departure from the EU have cast a shadow over the government’s eagerly-anticipated Childhood Obesity Strategy.
Originally slated for publication in autumn 2015, it was hoped that the delayed strategy would finally make an appearance next week. However, according to an article in The Grocer, it is unlikely to be released until autumn 2016 at the earliest.
Campaigners, including the National Obesity Forum and Action on Sugar, have reacted with fury to the news. Professor Graham MacGregor, chairman of Action on Sugar, said: “We heard from reliable sources that the original proposals were going to be watered down anyway….to be quite honest, there is total chaos at the moment in government policy.”
Meanwhile, Chief Executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens, has called on Theresa May to take an “activist” strategy on childhood obesity. Highlighting that the issue would increase future NHS costs by billions of pounds, Stevens said: “Obesity is the new smoking: poor diet is now our biggest avoidable cause of ill health.”