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Mayor of London sets out new environment strategy

Mayor of London sets out new environment strategy Mayor of London sets out new environment strategy
Russell Knight | 11 May, 2018, 18:59

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today proposed a ban on "junk food" across the entire Transport for London (TfL) network.

Data from City Hall shows London with one of the highest child overweight and obesity rates in Europe, with 40% of children aged 10 and 11 either overweight or obese.

Khan's proposal - which comes just days before an NHS agency is due to report about whether food manufacturers are sticking to voluntary measures to curb sugar by 20 per cent by 2020 - was welcomed by obesity campaigners.

The aim of the London Food Strategy is to reduce the level of child obesity in the capital by 2028, and it will now be subject to a consultation.

Junk food ads to be banned on London tubes, buses and trains. I want to reduce the influence and pressure that can be put on children and families to make unhealthy choices.

City Hall says the capital has one of the highest child overweight and obesity rates in Europe, with nearly 40% of children aged 10 and 11 either overweight or obese. The mayor has also proposed a ban on takeaways opening within 400 metres of schools.

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Khan said: "Child obesity in London is a ticking timebomb and I am determined to act".

The proposals announced on Friday would use an already established nutrient profiling system to determine whether a food or drink is high in fat, salt and sugar.

In a statement, the Mayor's office argued the availability of cheap fast food was a class issue, with children from poorer backgrounds more likely to be overweight.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver called the plans "a massive and bold step forward". Is that junk food too?

Commenting on the Mayor of London's proposal, Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), said, 'Obesity is having a huge impact on communities up and down the country, particularly those living in deprived areas, and one of the leading contributors for its growth is advertising.

'Children are inundated with adverts for unhealthy food so this is a really encouraging move and a bold step in the right direction'.

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