Government releases second chapter of childhood obesity plan

The government’s plan for tackling childhood obesity was first published in August 2016 and updated in January 2017.

Chapter two of the action plan was published earlier this week, building on the plans for government to halve child obesity by 2030. The plan focuses on reducing sugar and calorie consumption as well as getting young people more active.

There is no specific reference to colleges but three of the key proposals that will potentially affect colleges are:

  • Ofsted is developing a new inspection framework for September 2019.This will consider how knowledge is built across the whole curriculum and how pupils’ personal development is supported more broadly, including in relation to healthy behaviours
  • Consult, before the end of 2018, on strengthening the nutrition standards in the Government buying standards for food and catering services, to bring them into line with the latest scientific dietary advice
  • Consult on ending the sale of energy drinks to children.

For a more general summary of the proposals see the infographic below.


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