UK to steer a brand new community to take world motion on sugar and calorie discount

The UK has been chosen by the World Well being Group (WHO) to steer a brand new Sugar and Calorie Discount Community to take world motion on sugar and calorie discount.

Talking on the WHO Regional Committee for Europe at this time (Monday 13 September), the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty introduced the formation of the community, which can work with nations throughout Europe to cut back sugar and calorie consumption. The WHO’s EU area covers round 50 nations, with a a lot wider attain than the European Fee’s remit.

The UK has agreed to make use of its world-leading experience in home sugar and calorie discount to assist its European neighbors. Work will happen with the food and drinks trade to make their merchandise more healthy by decreasing sugar content material in merchandise excessive in fats, salt and sugar (HFSS), serving to to sort out world charges of weight problems.

In a world market the place meals is more and more equipped by the identical worldwide corporations, collective motion on decreasing sugar and energy will impress the meals trade to take higher and sooner motion. The community’s member states will share studying and technical experience to encourage producers to reformulate merchandise by slicing the quantity of sugar, and due to this fact energy, in meals and drinks to make sure they’re more healthy.

The community will assist the UK authorities’s key present commitments to the sugar and calorie discount programmes and to take tackling weight problems onto the worldwide stage as a part of its Tackling Weight problems technique, printed final 12 months. These programmes problem the meals trade throughout the UK to cut back the sugar and calorie in meals mostly consumed by youngsters. The UK has seen good progress with its sugar discount programme – with sugar decreased by 13% in breakfast cereals, yogurts and fromage frais.

The Division of Well being and Social Care’s new Workplace for Well being Enchancment and Disparities – launching on October 1st – will lead nationwide efforts to enhance and degree up the well being of the nation by tackling weight problems, serving to enhance psychological well being and selling bodily exercise.

Well being and Social Care Secretary, Sajid Javid mentioned:

It is a testomony to the success of our pioneering work within the UK to assist folks eat extra healthily that now we have been chosen to steer this programme.

We’ll work carefully with our European companions to problem the meals trade to cut back sugar and energy in its merchandise – decreasing weight problems, relieving strain on well being companies and rising our resilience to COVID-19 and any future pandemics.”

Right this moment’s announcement places into motion the UK’s ‘International Britain’ ambitions, with the UK working with member states to drive ahead collective motion to affect each Europe and the world in tackling weight problems.

Proof suggests that individuals residing with weight problems are at higher danger of being critically in poor health and dying from COVID-19. By taking motion to cut back sugar and energy in food and drinks, the community is not going to solely handle rising charges of world weight problems, however enhance world resilience each to COVID-19 and future pandemics.

Public Well being Minister, Jo Churchill mentioned:

Weight problems is a world drawback and we have to take pressing motion to assist folks stay more healthy lives. This begins with the food and drinks we eat and decreasing the weather which can be dangerous for our well being.

Following robust motion by way of our wholesome weight technique, I’m delighted the UK will lead this worldwide community to reformulate merchandise and promote more healthy meals selections for folks throughout Europe.”

The WHO Sugar and Calorie Discount Community will launch in spring 2022 and the WHO EU can be reaching out to member states inviting them to hitch. The WHO EU area covers round 50 nations, which means that it extends past the European Fee’s framework for motion and would have a a lot wider attain.

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