Doctors slam Liz Truss over junk food BOGOF ban comments

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The front runner in the Conservative leadership, in an interview with the Daily Mail, said she would scrap junk food taxes, a ban on BOGOF offerings and other “nanny state” policies.



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Liz Truss has pledged to roll back plans to ban BOGOF junk food offerings if she becomes prime minister, according to the Daily Mail

Doctors have attacked Liz Truss for her promise to lift a ban on junk food advertising in England, calling the prime ministerial candidate’s comments “incredible” and “hugely disappointing”.

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Ms Truss, currently the front-runner in the Tory leadership contest, vowed to tear up plans to ban buy-one-get-one-free deals on food and drink high in fat, sugar and salt an interview with the Daily Mail on Monday (August 1st).

The ban – a cornerstone of the government’s obesity strategy and already passed by Parliament – was due to come in October this year but was postponed by a year by outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson due to the cost of living crisis.

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Ms Truss’ comments – which also included a promise not to impose any new junk food taxes – were met with dismay from doctors and health experts, with figures from the NHS showing efforts to reduce childhood obesity in the wake of the pandemic are going in reverse are wrong.

One in four students in public schools now graduate from elementary school obese or severely obese.

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The British Medical Association (BMA), which represents British doctors, said “lives are at risk” and added it was concerned the next government would continue to “put business profits before the health of our children”.

Professor Graham MacGregor, chair of Queen Mary University’s campaign groups Action on Sugar and Action on Salt, said measures such as banning junk food offerings were needed to “prevent needless death and suffering” and give the NHS millions of pounds to save

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Child obesity is on the rise despite plans to halve it

In 2018, the government launched a plan to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

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NHS Digital data shows that one in five (20.1%) pupils were obese or very obese during their last year of primary school in the 2017/18 school year, just before the government set its target.

That number then rose for three consecutive years, rising to a whopping one in four (25.5%) in 2020/21 during the Covid pandemic. According to preliminary figures, it fell to 23.5% in 2021/22, still the second-highest proportion since records began in 2006/07.

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In some parts of the country, more than a third of sixth graders were obese in the 2019-20 school year — the latest year with local data due to the impact of lockdown on the school measurement program — while nearly two-fifths (38.1%) of students were in the worst affected area, Walsall, near Birmingham, were obese.

Obesity is more common in boys, with 26.5% affected in the final year of primary school in 2021/22, compared to 20.3% in girls.

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There is also a strong link between deprivation and obesity.

In 2020/21 (latest data), sixth grade students in the most disadvantaged areas were more than twice as likely as students from the least disadvantaged areas to be obese – 33.8% versus just 14, 3%

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Which parts of the country have the biggest problem with childhood obesity?

London and the northern regions of England have a much larger problem with childhood obesity than the southern regions.

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In London in 2020/21 (the most recent year with regional data), 30% of sixth-formers were obese or severely obese, as were 29.1% of children in the North East, who placed second.

These regions also saw the largest increases in obesity during the pandemic, with prevalence increases of 6.3 and 5.9 percentage points, respectively.

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Sixth graders in the worst-affected local area of ​​England were 2.7 times more likely to be obese than in the lowest prevalence area.

In Walsall, 38.1% of pupils were obese, compared to just 14% in Richmond upon Thames.

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The second most affected areas were Barking and Dagenham and Knowsley (36.3%), followed by Hackney and City of London (combined) and Sandwell (35.6%), Blackpool (35.3%) and Bradford (35.2 %).

What is the ban on junk food offerings?

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“Buy one, get one free” promotions or other multi-buy offers will be banned, and stores will not be allowed to display unhealthy products at checkouts, at the end of aisles or near queue areas. There are also restrictions on online product placement.

Restaurants will also not be allowed to offer unlimited refills of carbonated drinks

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While Ms Truss vowed to stop the ban on promotional price deals, it’s unclear what she thinks of the other aspects of the regulations, according to the Daily Mail.

“People don’t want the government to tell them what to eat,” she told the newspaper, which also said she had promised “there would be no new government levies on nannies on products high in fat, sugar or sugar Salinity Raised If She Became Prime Minister.” .

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dr David Strain, chair of the BMA’s science committee, said it was “crucial” that the next prime minister tackles obesity with much-needed attention.

“As doctors, we see first-hand every day how obesity prevents children and young people from having a healthy start in life. Obesity increases the risk of developing serious diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

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“The significant risk factor obesity poses for serious illness or death from Covid-19 shows that we have ignored this issue for too long at our peril.

“It is therefore extremely disappointing to hear plans from one of the prime ministerial candidates to scrap the new laws.

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“Life is at risk here and there is a real danger that the next government will continue to put business profits before the health of our children.”

Professor Graham MacGregor said it was perfectly clear that the UK Government’s voluntary sugar and salt reduction program was not working, as he denounced the “grim reality” of rising childhood obesity revealed by NHS Digital figures.

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“It is incredible that Liz Truss is now pledging to stop public health policies aimed at improving our food environment at this crucial time when it is needed most,” he said.

“Without a doubt, the levy on the soft drinks industry has proved beneficial both for the economy and for the health of the nation, especially for those from the most disadvantaged areas, and a similar levy on junk food would be just as successful.”

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“More robust action is needed to prevent unnecessary death and suffering and save the NHS millions of pounds a year.”

The Liz Truss campaign team has been contacted for comment.

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