12 Jan 2024 New Year message to Parliament – Time to prioritise public health in 2024
It has been a tumultuous time for UK health in the wake of the pandemic and continuing strikes within the NHS. As the new year kicks off with National Obesity Awareness Week 10-16th January, BANT asks what has happened to the government’s obesity strategy? And when will we get meaningful policy on ultra-processed foods to help tackle the worsening obesity epidemic?
We need to get the basics right if we are to change the obesity trajectory and make meaningful improvements to metabolic health. This entails making healthy whole foods available and accessible to all by working with the food industry, and simultaneously increasing nutrition coverage within the NHS.
BANT hopes that 2024 will mark a transition in public health policy.