Jonathan Ashworth – 2020 Comments on Childhood Obesity

The text of the comments made by Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on 16 July 2020.

The childhood obesity crisis means we need decisive action from Boris Johnson, not more dither and delay.

Ministers promised to tackle our growing obesity crisis but have not implemented a single measure in over two years since the second chapter of the childhood obesity report was published. Ministerial dither is putting children’s health at risk.

Given the fears over the impact of lockdown on obesity levels, it’s urgent that children’s health is now given priority and the action needed is no longer ducked by ministers.