'Supersize' food warning

The Welsh Government is asking whether new legislation should be introduced to address the big health challenges facing Wales. A public consultation is currently underway.

Healthy eating is 'down to education'

A cafe in Cardiff sells this £17 breakfast meal - with eight sausages, eight rashers of bacon, six eggs, four beefburgers, hash browns, black pudding, beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried potatoes, omelettes, toast and four slices of buttered bread.

The owners say it's only a gimmick - but should the Welsh Government be looking into limiting portion sizes?

The people we spoke to, who were eating in the cafe, said tackling the obesity problem was instead down to education - and particularly down to parents at home.

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Chief Medical Officer: Urgent action needed on obesity

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales is warning that action is needed to prevent obesity reaching 'epidemic proportions' here.

She is encouraging the public to take part in a Welsh Government consultation about whether or not fizzy drinks and food portions should be regulated in an effort to tackle the issue.

You can read more about the consultation and have your say on whether legislation would help reduce obesity rates by visiting the Welsh Government website.

Warning over obesity levels in Wales

We know that the ability to feed a family is driven by the price and availability of food and we know that many of the products high in sugar and salt are the cheaper products. There is no quick way in which we can turn that around but we do need to raise awareness of this and find alternative approaches.

Whilst I would hope any health improvements could be made voluntarily the law has a role in influencing the choices that we are making. I think the Public Health Bill is an opportunity to look at how we can do this.

Obesity leads to serious health problems, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.

We need to look at ways in which we can prevent obesity reaching epidemic proportions in Wales.

We are actively encouraging debate around health legislation as part of the current Public Health Green Paper Big Health Debate.

– Dr Ruth Hussey, Chief Medical Officer for Wales

Top doctor joins Government consultation on obesity

Regulating portion sizes could have a significant impact on our health, according to Wales' Chief Medical Officer Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The Welsh Government is asking whether new legislation should be introduced to address major health challenges like obesity.

According to figures from the latest Welsh Health Survey, over half of adults and 35% of all children are overweight or obese.

Wales' Chief Medical officer Dr Ruth Hussey says regulating food portions and the size of fizzy drinks could have a real impact on tackling rising obesity rates.

She says forcing cafés and takeaways to detail calorie counts on menus could also help tackle the problem.

You can read more about the consultation and have your say on whether legislation would help reduce obesity rates by visiting the Welsh Government website.