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The way food is presented for sale and how it is consumed is "the root cause" of the impending obesity crisis and the Government will have to intervene if it is to be tackled, a health expert told Good Morning Britain.
Dr Aseem Malhotra from Action on Sugar welcomed Tesco's plan to ban all confectionary from their checkouts but "sugary drinks taxes" and bans on "junk food advertising to children" would need to be implemented in order to tackle obesity.
Tesco have banned sweets at the checkout because they "want to help our customers lead healthier lives", according to their chief executive.
Tesco head Philip Clarke said:
All sweets and chocolates will be removed from all of the checkouts in Tesco's by the end of the year, the retailing giant has announced.
Research by the supermarket found nearly two thirds (65%) of customers wanted confectionary removed from the checkouts so it would be easier for them to make healthier choices.
Sweets and chocolates would also be removed from areas adjacent to the tills - for example racks of sweets at children's eye level, a spokesman for Tesco confirmed.
Just over two thirds of parents (67%) told Tesco that confectionery-free checkouts would help them make healthier choices for their children.