Junk food BOGOF deals to be banned in the UK from April 2022
Boris' campaign to tackle obesity continues
The government has confirmed new measures to try and deal with Britain's growing obesity problem. From April 2021, 'buy one get one free' offers on junk food will be banned, as well as free refills on sugary drinks in restaurants.
Shops and supermarkets will also be required to remove unhealthy foods from prominent places, such as by the checkouts or near entrances.
The restrictions will apply to foods that are high in fats, sugar and salt. Small shops will be spared from implementing the new rules, and will only apply to businesses with more than 50 employees, and stores covering than 2,000 square feet.
Creating an environment which helps everyone eat healthier foods more regularly is crucial to improving the health of the nation."
A ban on BOGOF deals was suggested back in July, along with the government banning junk food advertising on television before 9pm.
The campaign is a personal crusade for prime minister Boris Johnson, who publicly talked about his own need to lose weight after a battle with Covid-19 that saw the PM hospitalised in April.
“When I went into ICU, when I was really Ill, I was way overweight,” the prime minister said in a video launching the government’s Better Health strategy back in July.
Losing weight is hard but with some small changes we can all feel fitter and healthier.
If we all do our bit, we can reduce our health risks and protect ourselves against coronavirus – as well as taking pressure off the NHS.
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— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) July 27, 2020
Almost two-thirds of adults in England are overweight, and one in three children are leaving school overweight.
The government's Better Health strategy encourages people to lose weight, get active, quit smoking and take care of our minds.
"Healthy changes start with little changes. Whether you want to lose weight, get active or quit smoking, Better Health is here with lots of free tools and support."
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