Children’s sugar intake

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Reference: 
2019/0436
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Public Health England found that children consume much more sugar than they should do, with some children consuming around 13 cubes or 52g of sugar a day. How does the London Food Strategy help Londoners to consume less sugar?

Answer

Children’s sugar intake

Children’s sugar intake

Answered By: 
The Mayor

We have one of the highest child obesity rates in Europe and high sugar consumption is contributing to this issue. Child obesity is twice as high in the poorer parts of our city and the clear link between inequalities in health and wealth affecting a child’s future life chances means we must address this as a priority.

No single policy intervention will solve this problem and that’s why I’m taking a range of actions including banning adverts for less healthy food and drink across the Transport for London estate. This is to reduce children’s exposure to products high in sugar. Other measures I’ve announced in my London Food Strategy include supporting the Sugar Smart and Veg Power campaigns and targeting an increase in Healthy Start vouchers. Furthermore, my Healthy Early Years London programme will complement the work of my London Child Obesity Taskforce to focus on giving children the healthiest possible start in life.  

Ultimately this is not a problem that the Mayor of London can fix alone and we need others to act too. I’m calling on local authorities, businesses and community groups to promote healthier food and the government must go further to tackle this issue.