September 15, 2022 – Amid fears that the UK government will scrap recently introduced health and nutrition policies, researchers are increasingly concerned that the country is losing focus on nutritional advice and how important it is to eradicate obesity.
Concerns are mounting as British Prime Minister Liz Truss may be on the cusp of a drastic change to a policy that is supposed to ban the promotion of foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS).
Researchers and experts from many health agencies describe this as a “step back” and state that the expected calorie cuts that were part of the policy to be implemented would only be a fraction of what was expected.
Dr Sally Moore, Professor at the University of Leeds (UK) and co-author of a prospectus book, says nutrition.
“The government’s decision will delay a much-needed shift in retail food environments and their promoted products, both of which have a significant impact on the foods people buy and eat,” Moore explains.
Ben Reynolds, CEO of Sustin, asserts that “actions in government obesity strategies, which successive prime ministers have supported, are designed not only to improve our health, but to save the country from losing millions in revenue and avoidable healthcare costs.” Can we really afford to get rid of it?
Moreover, the researchers in a bulletin, published in the journal obesitymaintain that inaction and delay in implementation will only exacerbate growing disparities in diet quality and actually increase the state High levels of obesity.
The new regulations were originally supposed to restrict promotions of less healthy foods in supermarkets and included a ban on all HFSS television advertising and online paid advertising before 9 p.m.
These policies are intended to protect children, a demographic that has been shown to be more vulnerable to such advertisements and is already witnessing Huge increase in food-related illnesses and diseases.
“It is deeply concerning that the new government is seriously considering repealing key evidence-based conservative policies that have been introduced to improve children’s health and have strong public support,” says Barbara Crowther, a spokeswoman for the Baby Food Campaign.
“More than 2,000 school breakfast clubs, school holiday programs to feed one million children, PE for primary schools and sports equipment have been funded as a result of the £300 million (US$346 million) raised each year by the successful soft drink maker Levy,” she explained.
“Why is the government wasting time and resources choosing a program that works well when our health system, children and schools are in dire need of funds and access to healthy food at this time of national crisis?”
“Just eat less”
Since the goal of the policies is to change retail food practices to promote less healthy food options and shift these practices to promote healthier choices, the researchers believe that delaying these policies will only make the public less healthy.
There is also concern that the government is using the current global economic situation, which it says is unprecedented, to justify the delay and appears to be returning to confidence in individual willpower, which has already been shown not to work despite Boris Johnson’s declaration that everyone should “.just eat less. “
Dr Tom Butler, another study co-author and faculty at Edge Hill University, UK, asserts that “willpower alone cannot explain successful weight management.” “Delaying these policies will, once again, leave public health and clinical practitioners dealing with obesity with less effective approaches that focus on individual willpower and information provision.”
Professor Graham MacGregor, Chair of Action on Sugar and Action on Salt says: “Now, more than ever, UK residents need equitable access to healthy and affordable food, and this can only be achieved through policies designed to rebalance our diets. “.
“Our new prime minister must also honor[Johnson’s]promise to uplift the promises and protect the nation’s health from the devastating effects of unhealthy diets that are high in saturated fat, salt and sugar — and lacking in fruits and vegetables — the largest cause of death and disability globally. And it costs the UK more than 100 billion pounds (115 million US dollars) annually.”
“Current levels of obesity in the UK are unacceptably high, and the amount of saturated fats, sugars and salt we eat exceeds the recommended limit for health,” stresses Moore.
“One solution to address these issues is to support people who buy and eat healthy foods by making these products more accessible and affordable by transforming retail food environments, their price and volume promotions.”
By William Bradford Nichols
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