Fresh calls have been made for the Government to show leadership on marketing, taxation and reformulation of products containing added sugar.
The British Dental Association (BDA) made the calls after the publication of the House of Commons Health Committee’s inquiry Childhood Obesity— Brave and Bold Action, which outlines ways to tackle obesity.
‘This report offers a welcome reminder on why “prevention” should be at the heart of health policy, not just government soundbites,’ Mick Armstrong, chair of the BDA, said.
‘Child obesity and child tooth decay are costing the NHS, fuelled by a common agent that’s effectively nutrient-free.
‘Now politicians might want to describe action on added-sugar as “brave and bold”, but for health professionals it is necessary and long overdue.
‘With a little joined-up thinking we can start weaning Britain off its sugar addiction, and no options from taxes to ad bans should be left off the table.
‘Any half-measures on sugar controls will come at a real cost, both to the public purse and to the health of our children.’