UK implements restrictions on unhealthy foods

The United Kingdom last year launched a new campaign to address obesity, including proposals to require restaurants to add calorie labels to menu items.

Britain introduced restrictions on TV advertising to children of unhealthy foods in 2007 and implemented a tax on sugary soft drinks in 2018.

Studies have shown being obese or heavily overweight increases the risk of hospitalization and death from Covid-19.

Almost two thirds of adults in England are overweight and one in three children leave primary school overweight or obese, according to the government, which said obesity-related illnesses cost the National Health Service 8.1 billion dollars a year.

The Department of Health and Social Care said, “Promotions often appear to help shoppers save money, however data shows that these deals actually increase purchases of promoted products by almost 20% by encouraging people to buy more than they need or intended to buy in the first place.”


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