CIEH left disappointed by Government's obesity strategy

Publication Date: 18th August 2016

Subject: Food safety

Following the launch of the Government’s Childhood obesity strategy Jenny Morris, Principal Policy Officer for CIEH, said:  

“Having waited a number of years for this strategy, we are disappointed with the limited scope of the Government’s plans to tackle childhood obesity and their failure to prevent a very serious problem getting any worse.

“While there are some positive initiatives, many will not begin for some time. There are key omissions as the strategy fails to take strong action to tackle the issue of the marketing of unhealthy foods to children. In addition it does not specifically help parents make informed choices when it comes to their children’s health and wellbeing.

“Going forward, we would like to see the Government ensure the provision of clear, easy to understand nutritional information on all food labels and menus that recognises the difference between children's nutritional needs and adults. We would also welcome robust plans to curb the marketing of unhealthy food to children and the provision of funding to help all local authorities introduce initiatives that make healthier choices easier for all residents.”

 ENDS 

Notes to editors  

For enquiries, please contact Steven Fifer on: 020 7827 5922 or email s.fifer@cieh.org 

Link to Obesity strategy: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/childhood-obesity-a-plan-for-action   

About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):    

 CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved.  

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.   

CIEH is a leading provider of regulated qualifications and operates in over 50 countries.  

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