Research published in Pediatrics - the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics - has added credence to concerns about the effect of sugary drinks on children and how they contribute to the rapidly rising levels of obesity in the UK (1). Last year Jamie Oliver's campaign highlighted the benefits of proper diet for children, yet little action has been taken.
Stuart Jeffery, Health Spokesperson for the Green Party said, "With childhood obesity rates set to double by the end of the decade the government needs to immediately tackle the problems associated with poor diet. The rises in obesity are causing life expectancy to drop for our children, yet this government is taking no real action.
"We know that a general health balanced diet will contribute to a reduction in obesity and have the knock on effect of improving mental health and behaviour, yet there is no compulsion or support for schools to make these changes."
He continues: "With the increasing health gap between rich and poor since Labour came to power (3) it is clear that this government have not only failed to tackle public health issues, their lack of action is killing people."
He concludes, "We must ensure that real food is provided in each and every school and end the tyranny of sugary drinks and processed foods."