The Government is doing nothing to tackle Britain's obesity crisis - Abbott

23 January 2013

Diane AbbottDiane Abbott MP, Labour's Shadow Public Health Minister, responding to Health Minister Anna Soubry MP’s comments on obesity in today’s Telegraph, said:

"The Government is doing nothing to tackle Britain's obesity crisis. It is clear that their voluntary approach is not working. Too many large retailers aren't signed up to the Responsibility Deal and Ministers have let their expert public health group collapse.

"We need to open our minds to new approaches in tackling child obesity and Labour wants to lead this debate. That is why we have opened a consultation on the possible need for new limits on sugar, fats and salts in children's food.   

"If the Government fails to act we will continue storing up huge problems for the country and the NHS in the long term.”