Junk food BOGOF deals to be banned in the UK from April 2022 5 months ago

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.

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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.

“We are restricting promotions and introducing a range of measures to make sure the healthy choice is the easy choice," minister Jo Churchill said.

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.

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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.

Almost two-thirds of adults in England are overweight, and one in three children are leaving school overweight.

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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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