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Obesity: Children

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL16677, tabled on 25 June 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on measures to tackle child obesity.

Answered on

9 July 2019

As a responsible Government, we have been planning for all eventualities and that includes managing the impacts of a ‘no deal’ European Union exit.

Following the publication of our world leading strategy Childhood Obesity: a plan for action in 2016 and Childhood Obesity: a plan for action, Chapter 2, significant progress has been made. Since the publication of the 2016 plan, half of all drinks in scope of the soft drinks industry levy are being reformulated, some products in the sugar production programme are exceeding their first year target, and significant investments are being made in schools to promote physical activity and healthy eating.

Consultations have been conducted on a number of policy areas from Chapter 2 and our responses to those will be set out later this year. As we have received thousands of responses to these consultations it is important we take the time to consider them carefully before we take action on this important issue.