Childhood Obesity

The Government’s obesity strategy established a target to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

The Government is now taking steps to ban unhealthy food adverts on television and online before 9pm, to reduce the likelihood of children seeing them. Further, a short consultation will be held on whether a ban on online adverts for unhealthy foods should apply at all times of the day.

Regarding the relationship between trade agreements and health outcomes, there is no evidence to suggest that a free trade deal with the United States, or indeed any other country, would lead to an increase in child obesity in the UK.

The health and diets of our children is at the heart of the Government’s commitment to the high food standards that protect and benefit British farmers and consumers, and which will not be compromised in any trade negotiation.