The Child's Obesity Strategy

01 July 2016

Not to be confused with the Government's long-delayed Childhood Obesity Strategy yet to be published.

The report, published by the Royal Society for Public Health and the Youth Health Movement, asks young people to identify priority actions from food manufacturers, retailers, and the Government to help tackle childhood obesity.

The report’s recommendations follow a survey of young people which found that:
• Almost half of young people (49%) blame fast food takeaways as the companies or brands most at fault for childhood obesity.
• A quarter (25%) of young people have ordered a takeaway to their school.
• More than two in five (42%) can walk from their school to somewhere selling unhealthy food in under two minutes.

The report calls for powers to be given to local authorities to restrict the delivery of fast food takeaways to schools.

Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for Public Health, said: “Our childhood obesity rates are disappointing, and tackling this must be a priority for government – there can be no excuses for fudging action on what is our number one public health challenge.” Read the report here.
 

Contacts

Leon Ballin
Sustainable Food Cities
lballin@soilassociation.org

Sustainable Food Cities is a partnership programme run by

Soil Association
www.soilassociation.org


Food Matters
www.foodmatters.org


Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Sustainable Food Cities is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk 

 
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