Childhood obesity: snacks banned at checkout in the UK

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Obesity and sugar within reach of a child

When you go shopping with a child around the age of 3, you begin to understand how muchmarketing industry, food and don't, get busy for these little creatures that travel under a meter. 

At their height here is a whole series of treats and captivating stimuli: pacifiers full of strange colored liquids, rainbow balls, eggs with all sorts of surprises, multiform chocolates, various sweetened drinks: in a nutshell, junk food ... or, when it goes well, bottles of natural water with the image of ultimate cartoon superhero.

And there is no hope, not even in the refrigerated counter or in the personal hygiene department: here are the gnocchetti with the faces of mice or bubble bath in the shape of well-known warriors and princesses, and even toothpastes from your favorite cartoon.

It seems that we must give up, but beware: something, and not here, is changing. In fact, parents, nutritionists and health professionals are not always happy.


UK: no to snacks on hand 

Fresh news from Ansa in June: English children will no longer find sweets and snacks at supermarket checkout counters, it was decided by the government health agency to put a stop to the phenomenon of overweight in children andchildhood obesity.

What is going on in the UK is the implementation of a ban by the UK government, which it has decided to prohibit shops and supermarkets from displaying food containing high doses of sugar in plain sight in front of or next to the checkout counters, such as sweets, snacks, candies, pacifiers and various and colorful chocolates.

This is to follow up on the important campaign "Change4life"  started a year ago, whose slogan reads well "Eat well, move more, live longer", a firm stance against the spread of childhood and youth obesity in the country

At the same time, a discount system designed for all snacks and snacks below 100 calories, considered healthier. As reported by The Guardian, the government agency of the department of health and social care Public Health England is having a profitable dialogue with companies and the goal is to reduce sugar in over-the-counter food products consumed in bars or restaurants by 20% by 2021. 


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Do you know how much sugar you consume?

Some time ago we talked about the French Dealerdesucre project; last year the Spanish campaign riding the wave of the World Health Organization and the recommendations of limit sugar consumption to less than 10% of total daily calories; now the turning point of the British. And what is the country doing to limit and discourage the consumption of sugar, especially among the youngest? 

In the face of a drastic calo di produzione dello zucchero del paese, and the invitation of the World Health Organization to apply a 20% tax on soft drinks and some sugary foods, the country has turned up its nose and, unlike other European countries, has said no to taxation policy. 

And on the web there are no incisive campaigns against the consumption of white powder, unlike Spain, England and France. And even in public schools and the village the old figure of the doctor who weighed and measured the children, vaccinated and checked hair and teeth has now disappeared. All that remains is to wait for the new Ministry Guidelines.


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