WCRF’s statement on the launch of the UK Government’s food strategy: 13 June 2022

Kate Oldridge-Turner: Head of Policy and Public Affairs at World Cancer Research FundOn the launch of the Government’s food strategy, Kate Oldridge-Turner, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at World Cancer Research Fund, comments:

“This new strategy leaves unanswered questions as to whether health is being promoted as fully as possible. It seems to cater mainly to boosting business and supporting farming, yet leaves measures to support healthy and affordable diets as the poor relation, especially against a backdrop of delaying digital marketing restrictions and the restriction of ‘buy one, get one free’ offers.

“It’s striking that many of the National Food Strategy recommendations haven’t been taken forward such as the sugar and salt tax, especially as the government acknowledges the scale of the health challenge around obesity.”

“With obesity on the rise in the UK, people are at risk of a number of diseases including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It’s vital that Government re-prioritise measures to protect the nation’s health.”

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> England’s National Food Strategy: tackling inequality and helping the environment (19 October 2021)

> UK government looks serious about lowering levels of obesity (27 July 2020)