RCPCH responds to launch of 'State of the Nation' report

The Children's Food Trust has today (Tuesday 13 December) published its 'State of the Nation' report which looks at what children are eating in the UK.

Responding to the launch of the Children’s Food Trust’s ‘State of the Nation’ report, Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), said:

“This report provides further evidence that the type of food children eat and drink, and the amounts consumed, combined with insufficient exercise and activity, are contributing factors to the rising prevalence of overweight and obesity among UK children.

“Tangible solutions are needed to reverse this situation.

“Last week, in an excellent step, the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) banned advertising foods high in salt, sugar and fat in children’s non-broadcast media. However far too many young people are being exposed to adverts during programmes not specifically targeted at them. These highly enticing adverts fuel the ‘pester power’ outlined in this report. Government must now extend the protection provided to children by banning the advertising of foods and drink high in salt, sugar and fat before 9pm as has long been advocated by RCPCH and the Obesity Health Alliance.

“This study also found that a very large number of schools are in close proximity to fast food outlets. We also therefore call on Government to place restrictions on the number of fast food outlets near schools and colleges.”

To view the report visit the Children's Food Trust's website.