THE Government has launched a fresh crackdown on junk food today in a post-Covid war on obesity.
Part of the Queen's Speech today was dedicated to fighting weight-gain and making Britain healthier.
Ministers announced a huge push to improve the overall health of Brits in the wake of Covid – with the aim to prevent problems before they emerge.
One in six adults and more than one in three kids aged ten to 11 are overweight – with obesity a large risk factor in fighting the virus.
Today the Government outlined a game-plan to tackle the growing problem.
The Queen said as she opened Parliament this morning: "Measures will be brought forward to support the health and wellbeing of the nation, including to tackle obesity and improve mental health."
Other plans today also confirmed:
- A new online harms bill to keep kids safe online and slam Facebook and Google if they break the rules
- Extra cash for the army
- Fresh plans for a post-Covid crackdown on obesity
- Extra help to buy homes with a planning bill to rip up red tape and ground rents to be banned for new homes
- Lifetime deposits for renters moving home
- Protecting animals' feelings in law – with proposals to force cats to get microchipped and new legislation to meet eco goals
- Ripping up the Fixed Term Parliaments Act so the PM of the day can call an election when they want
- Fresh plans for voters to take ID to the polls in future
- Levelling up and extra skills for the North – with new plans for lifetime loans
- A new NHS bill to reform and update the health system
- Immigration laws to stop people crossing the channel in small boats
- New measures to crack down on foreign spies
She added: "We are also offering greater support through GPs, so that anyone with obesity can get support from their GP and referrals to weight management services."
The number of kids admitted to hospital for obesity and related health conditions has quadrupled in the last yen years.
Obesity is linked to a reduction in life expectancy and is a risk factor for lots of chronic diseases, including both types of diabetes, cancers and mental health issues.
Ads for junk food that have high fat, salt and sugar content will be restricted from April 2022.
TV adverts for unhealthy foods will be banned before 9pm, with a total ban online.
An extra £100 million funding is set to go into the Healthy Weight Strategy launched in 2020 – which supports families and kids to maintain a better weight.
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Brits will be given incentives and rewards to get them to eat better and exercise more under a "Fit Miles" programmes, with GP support bumped up.
The Government has promised to be smokefree in England by 2030, with a new Tobacco Control Plan still to come.
But ministers want to continue the reduction in the rate of smokers, which at 14 per cent in England, is the lowest level on record.
Improving access to and increasing mental health care options makes up a big chunk of the speech today.
As the country recovers from the Covid pandemic, the Mental Health Act is set to be reformed – with the aim of giving people more control over their treatment.
The Queen, 95, came to Parliament to deliver her key-note address in one of her first major engagements since the death of her husband, Prince Philip.
But the occasion has been pared down over Covid, and only featured a few dozen people in the room with Her Majesty.
Today it was revealed the Prime Minister plans to bring forward his long-awaited plans to shake-up social care funding in England.
He made it a manifesto promise to transform it, vowing no one should have to sell their home to pay for care in old age.
But the proposals are set to be costly and controversial, so the plans had been on ice for months.
The Queen said: "My Ministers will bring forward legislation to empower the NHS to innovate and embrace technology.
"Patients will receive more tailored and preventative care, closer to home."
It comes as a massive shake up of the NHS is on the cards with the White Paper – which the Health Secretary has said will scrap red-tape and "make the system work" better.
He previously said the news will mean local areas will have a more joined up system for taking care of local people.
And ultimately he as Health Secretary would be responsible for the direction of the NHS – but would leave day to day operation and clinical decisions to health chiefs.
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