Unhealthy foods targeted and checkout snacks to be banned in obesity crackdown – Health News Today

Unhealthy snacks will be banned at shop checkouts and junk food adverts will not be allowed on TV before 9pm, the prime minister is set to announce in bid to tackle the UK’s obesity issue.

Boris Johnson has revealed already how his own brush with Covid-19, which saw him require intensive care in April, convinced him of the need to tackle Britain’s bulging waistlines.

On Monday, he will set out the details of the “Better Health” campaign as he looks to tackle the country’s obesity problem.#

ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand has more:

“Buy one, get one free” offers on fattening products are set to be outlawed in the raid on unhealthy eating and supermarkets will be banned from tempting shoppers with unhealthy snacks at checkouts and store entrances.

The rule changes come just one year after the prime minister said he was keep to end the “continuing creep of the nanny state”, which he said “seems to me to clobber those who can least afford it”.

Other changes include restaurants having to display the calories contained in items on menus and there will be a consultation into doing the same for any alcohol sold.

As part of the programme, the NHS weight loss services is to be expanded, while GPs will be encouraged to prescribe bike rides, with patients in pilot areas to be given access to bikes.

GPs will be able to prescribe cycling to overweight patients Credit: Nick Ansell/PA

The plan comes as evidence has begun to mount linking excess weight with a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

A Public Health England (PHE) study published on Saturday discovered that being classed as medically obese increased the risk of death from coronavirus by 40%.

In a video filmed by Number 10 and released on his Twitter account, Boris Johnson admitted he was “too fat” when he was struck down by coronavirus.

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Marking the launch of the obesity strategy, the prime minister said he struggled with his weight but had lost at least a stone.

“Like many people I struggle with my weight, I go up and down, but since I recovered from coronavirus I have been steadily building up my fitness.”

Mr Johnson, seen walking his dog Dilyn in the video, said: “When I went in to ICU, when I was really ill, I was way overweight.”

The PM added that by maintaining a healthy weight, you’ll “protect your health”, thereby “you’ll protect the NHS”.

The highly interventionist approach marks a U-turn for Mr Johnson, who until recently has been a vocal opponent of “sin taxes” and perceived “nannying” by the state.

After the prime minister’s comments were put to Health Minister Helen Whately, she defended the policy banning buy one, get one free offers, saying “they don’t help the people that you might suggest that they help”.

“What the offers result in happening is people buying food that they didn’t intend to buy, often food that they didn’t need, spending more, and there’s more wastage…

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