West Cumbrian MP Jamie Reed has called on the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, to do more to tackle childhood obesity.
In a letter to the Health Secretary, Jamie Reed explains that Cancer Research UK have set out that being overweight or obese is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer in the UK after smoking, and is linked to 18,100 cancer cases every year. Being overweight or obese also increases the risk of type 1 diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The Copeland MP goes on to explain that 33.5% of children in the Cumbria Local Authority are overweight or obese and that according to Cancer Research UK, exposure to junk food advertising is a key factor in childhood obesity.
Jamie Reed calls on the Health Secretary to provide families in his constituency and across the country with the resources that they need to reduce childhood obesity and to ensure the removal of junk food advertising from television before the 9pm watershed.
Copeland MP Jamie Reed said:
“Jeremy Hunt must do all he can to tackle the causes of childhood obesity, and this includes removing junk food advertising from the TV until the 9pm watershed.
“The health challenges faced by the people of West Cumbria are incredibly complex.
“Obesity remains a key issue in our area and Government must step up, empower us to take action and do all it can to protect children from preventable illness”.