'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.

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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

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