Half of the food English kids eat needs cut in sugar level: Health chief

Sales of sugary drinks in England have fallen 11 per cent over the past 12 months. Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie said the sugar tax has stimulated manufacturers to take sugar out and to promote healthier products.
Sales of sugary drinks in England have fallen 11 per cent over the past 12 months. Public Health England chief executive Duncan Selbie said the sugar tax has stimulated manufacturers to take sugar out and to promote healthier products.PHOTO: REUTERS

England, which introduced a sugar tax on packaged drinks in April as part of its efforts to curb childhood obesity, has identified 23 categories of food that need to have their sugar content cut.

They make up half of all the food that English children eat, including cereals, pizza, ice cream and cakes, said Professor Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England (PHE).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2018, with the headline 'Half of the food English kids eat needs cut in sugar level: Health chief'. Print Edition | Subscribe