Tackling the Avalanche of Obesity
Council notes the increasing obesity of people throughout the Country which is replicated within the City of Liverpool.
It notes that obesity in childhood leads to health problems throughout life including;
Poor development of the skeletal structure
Type 2 diabetes
Liver problems and
And that these cumulatively lead to premature deaths of up to 10 years.
It notes that the Government has suppressed a report on the corrosive effects of excess sugar in the nations health but that the Soil Association has produced a report “out to lunch” which spells out the amount of sugar in drinks and desserts which can lead to children having up to 8 times the recommended amount of sugar for a day in one sitting.
It particularly highlights the meals available in Pizza Hut; Frankie & Bennies and Nandos for the sugar excess.
Council believes that there are two ways to deal with this:
Firstly it requests the City Solicitor to work with the Director of Public Health to draw up a Parliamentary Bill which would give the council the powers to both regulate the amount of sugar in foods sold in fast food outlets, restaurants and takeaways and in food retailers and also to ensure that all fold should show appropriate signage showing the proportion of sugar and salt in foods and beverages sold compared to the daily average; and
Secondly requests the Director of Public Health to work with the Clinical Commissioning Group to promote a health awareness campaign within the city to highlight the real dangers to long-term health of excessive salt and sugar in diets.
And in addition asks the Director of Public Health to convene a conference for owners and managers of all retail food outlets, cafes, restaurants and takeaways to highlight the dangers starting with the three chains mentioned above.
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE. Cllr Erica Kemp CBE
The Health Seelct Coimmittee has justr publised a very good report on this issue which suggests all sorts of activity.
Please find below the press release that they have issued:
The report highlights nine areas for improvement. They are
§ Strong controls on price promotions of unhealthy food and drink
§ Tougher controls on marketing and advertising of unhealthy food and drink
§ A centrally led reformulation programme to reduce sugar in food and drink
§ A sugary drinks tax on full sugar soft drinks, in order to help change behaviour, with all proceeds targeted to help those children at greatest risk of obesity
§ Labelling of single portions of products with added sugar to show sugar content in teaspoons
§ Improved education and information about diet
§ Universal school food standards
§ Greater powers for local authorities to tackle the environment leading to obesity
§ Early intervention to offer help to families of children affected by obesity and further research into the most effective interventions
“One third of children leaving primary school are overweight or obese, and the most deprived children are twice as likely to be obese than the least deprived. This has serious consequences for both their current and future health and wellbeing and we cannot continue to fail these children. There are many causes and no one single or simplistic approach will provide the answer. We therefore urge the Prime Minister to make a positive and lasting difference to children’s health and life chances through bold and wide ranging measures within his childhood obesity strategy.
We believe that if the Government fails to act, the problem will become far worse. A full package of bold measures is required and should be implemented as soon as possible. We believe that a sugary drinks tax should be included in these measures with all proceeds clearly directed to improving our children’s health.”
For once I agree with a Tory!!!