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Junk food deals banned 

In order to tackle obesity and get the nation healthier and fitter, the government are making some changes 

Firstly, adverts for junk food are being banned from television before 9 pm in the UK. This time is known as the ‘watershed’ and it is expected that children are in bed before this, so only adults will see the adverts.  

Secondly, ‘buy one get one free’ deals on unhealthy foods will be banned and new restrictions are being made about promoting unhealthy foods in shops in England. Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland have their own parliaments that make their own decisions on matters like these.  

The UK is the 36th most obese country out of the 192 surveyed in 2016. 27.8% of adults in the UK are so overweight it is bad for their health.  

Obesity is linked to diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  

Prime Minister Boris Johnson used to be against these restrictions but said that spending time in hospital when he had Covid-19 changed his mind.  

The plans have been supported by the government and Public Health England.  

However, others such as Adam Briggs from the Health Foundation say that these plans do not go far enough. He said these plans do not ‘address the root causes of obesity’.  

What do you think about these plans? What would you do?