Next steps for the Childhood Obesity Plan, Tuesday, 30th January 2018
Committee Room 6, Houses of Parliament, 2:00 – 4:00pm
The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has more than doubled over the last 10 years and there are now 11.9 million people at an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Whilst Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, a major risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes is being overweight or obese, which more than one in three children in England are by the time they leave primary school.
- The public, both with and without diabetes, need to be equipped with the information they want and need to help make healthier choices about the food they eat in and out of home. Is clear food labelling an important next step for the plan?
- Research also shows that there is a clear link between the food and drink adverts children see and their food choices and how much they eat. What role should junk food marketing restrictions have in any updated plan?
- The sugar reduction programme is aiming for an initial 5% reduction in sugar from foods most commonly eaten by children by March 2018. Should the programme be extended and also made mandatory to ensure we meet these targets?
The APPG for Diabetes welcomed the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan in 2016, looking to the future and further action, what more can we do to tackle the obesity and Type 2 diabetes crisis? What should be the next steps for the Childhood Obesity Plan? The APPG will hear from academics, specialists and healthcare professionals on the supporting evidence, challenges and opportunities.
After speeches by the participants listed below, the Chair will open the discussion to the audience.
- Caroline Cerny, Lead at Obesity Health Alliance (OHA)
- Pav Kalsi, Senior Clinical Advisor at Diabetes UK
- Dr Ana Prokajac, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
- Prof Jack Winkler, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition Policy at London Metropolitan University
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