Anti-obesity regulations in England ‘overdue’

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) reporting that overweight and obesity has reached “epidemic proportions” in Europe, causing more than an estimated 1.2 million deaths every year, and ranking the UK fourth globally for having the most overweight and obese adults, experts are now claiming that anti-obesity measures must be implemented.

Christina Vogel, registered public health nutritionist at the University of Southampton, and colleagues, said that implementing “world leading” legislation in England to restrict the placement, promotion, and marketing of high fat, sugar, and salt (HFSS) products in shops and online could have led to October 1, 2022, being a “landmark date in food policy”. However, writing in The BMJ, they recalled that just in May 2022 the Government announced that the planned ban on multibuy promotions of HFSS products was to be postponed for a year. Then last month the new Government “dealt a further blow” by deciding to review the legislation, causing the authors to warn that this could lead to the regulations being “scrapped in their entirety”.

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