Health officials urged major food companies provide reduced-calorie products or add more nutritional ingredient in to their food items.
More prominent food manufacturers and sellers such as McDonald’s and Tesco have been advised to reduce amount of calories by 20 per cent in the food products they supply, by 2024. Food items such as pizzas, pasta sauces, sandwiches, crisps, dips, soups and sausages are listed to come up with a newly limited, reduced amount of calories.
According to the Public Health England, the aspiring target could cut cost by £4.5bn to the NHS over the next 25 years, which may also prevent premature deaths of more than around 35,000 people, while another £4.48bn would be saved as the cost of social care.
The new action is a part of government’s plan to control childhood obesity disclosed in 2016. It also indicates a link with a latest declaration made by the agency for parents to limit on the snack eaten by their children, as it should not be more than two snacks with below less than 100 calories a day.
Dr Alison Tedstone, PHE’s chief nutritionist said in a statement that, “We have more obese children in England than ever before – we have one in five children arriving in primary school already obese or overweight and one in three leaving primary school obese or overweight. More than 60% of adults are also too heavy. It is the norm now.”