Chat: The five things MPs think can stop childhood obesity

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MP’s have announced a plan to take action against childhood obesity.

It’s after expert research found that one in 25 children in England aged 10 or 11 are severely obese.

Being obese, which means you are unhealthily overweight, can lead to really serious illnesses like type-2 diabetes, asthma and breathing difficulties.

Now a group called the Health and Social Care Committee are thinking about how the government can help people to stay healthy.

Here are five ideas they hope could tackle and stop childhood obesity:

1.Bringing in tougher rules on the advertising of junk food, including a ban on ads before 9pm.

2.Banning sweets and chocolate and other unhealthy foods from the ends of food aisles and checkouts.

3.Banning branded characters, like ones from TV and films, from being used to promote unhealthy products.

4.Limiting discounts and price promotions, like “buy one get on free”, on unhealthy food and drink.

5.Bringing in calorie labelling for meals eaten outside the house, such as at restaurants and cafes, to help families to make healthier choices.

What do you think about these plans?

Should the government be telling people how to eat?
Would these rules help you eat more healthily food?
Is the way unhealthy food is sold to blame for people being overweight?

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Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/44291419

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