Regular dental checks [2]

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-07-13
Session date: 
July 13, 2017
Reference: 
2017/2926
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to the British Dental Association, an average 5-year-old eats their weight in sugar every year, which apart from increased obesity risks, results in over 10,000 London children being admitted to hospitals every year to have multiple decayed teeth extracted under a general anaesthetic. Will you make representations to Government to stress the need for more national action to reduce sugar consumption in children, and consider introducing local measures to help people make healthier choices in schools, workplaces, shops, restaurants and cafés?

Answer

Answer for Regular dental checks [2]

Answer for Regular dental checks [2]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As we discussed at MQT last September, the Government's Child Obesity Action Plan was a missed opportunity to show leadership and ambition in this area - and that extends to taking action on sugar reduction that matches the scale of the problem. This issue is linked to deprivation and my proposed response to tackling child obesity will be set out both in my forthcoming Health Inequalities Strategy and London Food Strategy. City Hall, in partnership with its catering provider OSC, have led the way on introducing a sugar tax on sugary drinks it sells, a fiscal measure now due to be replicated nationally. Currently my Healthy Schools London, Healthy Workplace Charter and emerging Healthy Early Years London programmes help children, young people and employees to make healthier choices. My Healthy Early Years London programme will have a specific outcome measure on oral health. My Healthy Workplace Charter also encourages employers to provide accessible information to employees on healthy eating and offer healthier options at on site catering facilities.