Energy drinks set to be banned for under-16s as part of UK government plan to tackle obesity
The sale of energy drinks to children is set to be banned as part of a new government drive to tackle childhood obesity.
Plans to force restaurants and cafes to include calorie details on menus are among other proposals put forward by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, as part of a bid to halve the number of obese children by 2030.
New advertising restrictions could also be introduced to stop foods high in salt and sugar being targeted at children, including a potential 9pm watershed on adverts for the unhealthiest products.
One in three children in the UK is obese or overweight by the time they leave primary school, with those from deprived areas twice as likely to be affected. Childhood obesity is placing a growing burden on the NHS and can lead to a range of health problems later in life.
|Energy drinks set to be banned for under-16s as part of government plan to tackle obesity
Compulsory calorie information in restaurants and tighter rules on adverts also among ministers' proposals for halving number of obese children by 2030