Snacking on transport ups child obesity: Study
Eating and drinking on public transport should be banned to help cut childhood obesity, the UK's outgoing chief medical adviser has said. VAT should be hiked on the unhealthiest foods to subsidise fruit and veg; and cafes, restaurants and pubs would face limits on calories per serving, under suggested plans.
More children and teenagers in Bangladesh are obese now than before like many other developing countries, a new study suggests blaming food marketing, policies, and pricing. Bangladesh is traditionally known for the home of world's one of the largest number of underweight children.
But the UK's umbrella group for food outlets condemned the idea of a calorie cap as "a knee-jerk, impractical and unfair" measure, warning that businesses would suffer and customers would face higher prices, reports independent.co.uk.
And a passenger group questioned the wisdom of the food transport ban, calling it "largely unenforceable". The new report also recommends the soft drinks tax be extended to milk-based drinks with added sugar, and calories should be shown on all food labels.
The changes, set out by Dame Sally Davies in an independent report to government, are among a raft of radical measures drawn up because the UK is "nowhere near achieving government ambitions to halve childhood obesity by 2030".
The fast food market is mostly unregulated in Bangladesh with no government policy to control pricing and advertisements giving the way of new global chains in the market. The rise, however, has been "slowed and plateaued" in high income countries.
It is regarded as the first ever comprehensive data on underweight through to obesity for children and adolescents aged five to 19 years. The study calculated and compared body mass index (BMI) among children, adolescents and adults from 1975 to 2016, and made projections based on current trends in obesity rates.
BMI is a measure of a person's weight and body fat mass for their height, and indicates whether their weight is healthy. In Bangladesh, the obesity among boys was found 3 percent in 2016 which was only 0.03 percent in 1975. Among girls, the rate jumped to 2.3 percent from almost nil four decades ago.
Action to curb obesity is a key element of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SDG target 2.2 commits the world to ending all forms of malnutrition by 2030, including overweight and obesity.
SDG target 3.4 commits the world to reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one-third by 2030, including through prevention of obesity.