Nicola Blackwood: Our new obesity strategy isn’t nanny state, it’s a sensible plan to make children healthier

Source: Conservative Home (blog)
Date: 18-Aug-2016

Team GB’s incredible athletes have inspired us all – at home in London 2012, and now thousands of miles away in Rio. This Government wants to keep that inspiration alive for the adults of tomorrow – so today we published a plan to tackle unacceptably high levels of obesity in the younger generation. Nearly a third of children aged two to 15 are overweight or obese, and those with obesity are twice as likely to die prematurely. There are huge economic costs, too. We spend more each year on the treatment of obesity and diabetes than we do on the police, fire service and judicial system combined: an estimated £5.1 billion on overweight and obesity-related ill-health in 2014/15. We know children from low-income backgrounds are disproportionately impacted, with significant implications for their life chances.

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