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Oliver slams 'watered down' obesity plan

AAP logoAAP 31/10/2016 David Wilcock

Theresa May's government has been accused of watering down a raft of plans designed to slash Britain's childhood obesity levels, leading to calls for action from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

Curbs on junk food advertising and restrictions on unhealthy product placement in supermarkets were among measures cut from a draft of the Government's childhood obesity strategy before it was published, Channel 4's Dispatches program claims.

The program claims a first draft it has been leaked also contained a pledge to halve the number of chronically overweight minors by 2026 - a cut of some 800,000 cases.

This, it says, was changed to a pledge to "significantly reduce" the number of chronically overweight minors when the full strategy was released in August.

"This should go to the Trades Description Act because that says an 'action plan' and there's hardly any action in there," Oliver told the program.

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