'Sugar tax' proposed by campaign group to curb child obesity

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Campaign group, Action on Sugar has created a strategy document of seven critical areas of policy to prevent childhood obesity in the UK, which it has presented to Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health this month – which includes the introduction of a sugar tax.1

Action on Sugar is a group of specialists concerned with sugar and its effects on health. With one in five ten to 11-year-olds now obese and one in three overweight, the Action on Sugar plan details the following key actions to change the food environment, which is responsible for the obesity epidemic:2

  • Reduce added sugars by 40% by 2020 by reformulating food3
  • Cease all forms of targeted marketing of ultra-processed, unhealthy foods and drinks to children
  • Disassociate physical activity with obesity via banning junk food sports sponsorships
  • Reduce fat in ultra-processed foods, particularly satur

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