'Food environment is the root cause of obesity crisis'

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.

Advertisement

Tesco bans sweets from check-outs

Sweets and chocolate at check-outs in every Tesco store will be removed by the end of the year, the retailer has announced. The move comes after the supermarket found nearly two-thirds of customers wanted confectionary removed from the till.