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Obesity crackdown on junk food adverts and supermarket checkouts a ‘huge step in right direction’

The government is to announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm. (PA)
The government is to announce the end of confectionery displays at store checkouts and a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm. (PA)

The government’s new obesity crackdown has been hailed as a “huge step in the right direction” by health campaigners.

Boris Johnson will unveil his strategy later on Monday, and it will include a ban on junk food adverts on TV before 9pm and an end to confectionary displays in shop checkouts.

Overweight people will be asked to lose 5lb to help save the NHS £100m under the new proposals.

The plan is being announced after growing evidence of a link between obesity and an increased risk from COVID-19 – medical experts said coronavirus had been a “wake-up call” about the nation’s health.

The government says two-thirds of UK adults are above a healthy weight and that one in three children aged 10 to 11 are

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