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Ban snacking on public transport, proposes leading medical officer

Ban snacking on public transport, proposes leading medical officer”

Professor Dame Sally Davies is urging for bolder action to tackle the rising levels of obesity, which she says can not be fully achieved by the current national plan alone.

Outgoing Professor Dame Sally Davies called for stronger actions from ministers to stop children being "dazzled by companies" in her final report in the role.

Professor Davies said, 'The unavoidable fact is that over time our environment has become very unhealthy without us realising.

The federal government will fail to satisfy its goal of halving childhood weight problems until consuming on public transport is banned and the sugar tax is prolonged, a significant new report warns.

Section out all advertising, promoting and sponsorship of much less wholesome foods and drinks merchandise throughout all media, together with on-line, at any main public venue or public-funded occasion, and on any public-sector-owned promoting web site.

Health campaigners Action on Sugar described Dame Sally's call for "bold action" as "a beacon of hope and her sound recommendations are precisely what's required if we are to ever achieve the government's target to half childhood obesity in 10 years".

'We need to rebalance our environment - our politicians need to be bold and help everyone embrace healthier life choices.

More than one million children are clinically obese in the United Kingdom, and some suffer from Type 2 diabetes, asthma and musculoskeletal pain, as well as mental health problems, such as depression, she states.

Professor Davies argues that "today's children are drowning in a flood of unhealthy food and drink options, compounded by insufficient opportunities for being active".

Ensure all publicly-funded sporting facilities and major sporting events only advertise and sell low-calorie, low-fat, salt and/or -sugar products.

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Eating on public transport should be banned, according to England's top doctor.

If the government failed to take such actions, they would be sending out a message that they did not put children first, she said.

She also pointed to a rise in snacking and a culture in which "excess weight is now often accepted as normal".

- Curb speed limits near schools and homes and encourage more children to walk, scoot or cycle.

Strengthen regulation of promoting of follow-on method milk and enhance promotion of breastfeeding, which is understood to assist cut back the danger of weight problems.

'Companies often use children's cartoon characters and sponsorship of main sporting occasions to market these things, casting them because the shining star in kids's minds, ' Dame Sally mentioned. Adverts are everywhere, from bus stops to our mobile phones. Children are explicitly targeted with sophisticated techniques, ' it went on.

- Introduce mandatory standards for the nutritional content of foods for children under the age of two. "The health of our children is in your hands".

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Health Secretary Matt Hancock also signalled a split with the Prime Minister as he said the policy is "working", and hinted the sin tax could be expanded to other sugary products.

"We agree more needs to be done to tackle obesity, and welcome the report's clear steer that everyone needs to play their part, including schools, local councils and the NHS".

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