General Article Wales to clamp down on junk food meal deals to tackle obesity

Topic Selected: Obesity Book Volume: 436

Welsh government says it will go further than UK government’s plans for England in trying to encourage healthier eating.

By Steven Morris

Clampdowns on unhealthy meal deals and supermarket temporary price reductions for foods high in fat, sugar or salt are to be introduced in Wales to help tackle the obesity crisis.

With almost two-thirds of adults in Wales overweight or obese, the Labour-led government announced it would go further than England in framing laws designed to tackle the promotion of ultra-processed foods.

The government said it intended to match the UK government’s plans to curb volume promotions such as buy one get one free in England. It also revealed proposals to tackle meal deals and temporary price reductions, arguing it needed to do more because of the scale of the crisis.

The Welsh deputy minister for mental health and wellbeing, Lynne Neagle, said: ‘Rising levels of obesity are creating the serious burden of preventable ill health in Wales. The situation is urg...

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