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Statement from LACA - The School Food People following the announcement of the Government's new Obesity Strategy

27 Jul 2020

“LACA welcomes the measures that have been revealed this morning as part of the Government’s new Obesity Strategy to get the nation fit and healthy. The second chapter of the Government’s childhood obesity plan previously committed to halving childhood obesity and significantly reducing the gap in obesity between children from the most and least deprived areas by 2030. Steps such as a ban on TV and online adverts for food high in fat, sugar and salt before the 9pm watershed will help achieve this.

One of the best ways of tackling childhood obesity is to ensure that every child receives a hot, healthy and nutritious school lunch each day that meets the school food standards, with food topics embedded in the curriculum so that children better understand the importance of healthy eating. LACA helped implement these standards, which limit the amount of fat, salt and sugar served in schools. It is all the more important in light of the coronavirus pandemic that these standards should continue to be properly enforced, as well as being extended to all schools including academies, to ensure that school meals are better, healthier and more nutritious than ever before. In addition, we look forward to hearing further details about the “Better Health” campaign, led by Public Health England, in due course.”