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Professor John Wass

Obesity Health Alliance

Professor John Wass sits on the Steering Group of the Obesity Health Alliance, a coalition of over 40 health charities, medical royal colleges and campaign works, working together to reduce obesity. Professor John Wass acts as special adviser on obesity to the Royal College of Physicians.

One Year On From The Childhood Obesity Plan: Where Are We Now?

The Government pitched their Childhood Obesity Plan as the start of the conversation. The stronger elements of the plan are progressing well, but these alone are not enough. We now desperately need to return to that conversation to give us the best chance of protecting our children's future health not just over the next 52 weeks, but for every week beyond that.
18/08/2017 11:43 BST

We Can't Ignore Obesity When The Going Gets Tough Politically

We are calling on the new Government to be the one that finally turns the tide of childhood obesity. We are certain that it can be done with bold and decisive action. Ultimately politics is about creating a better future for our children. But we need them to be healthy enough to enjoy it.
21/06/2017 13:28 BST

New Rules Won't Protect Children Enough From Junk Food Marketing

As any parent knows, long gone are the days when children's 'screen-time' was based exclusively on being huddled round the TV watching the latest TV shows in real time. Thanks to our multi-media world, children are more likely to be watching their favourite shows on an iPad, or viewing popular YouTube vloggers showing them 'how to' do everything from the latest hairstyle to how to survive in Minecraft.
16/12/2016 12:26 GMT

Six Myths Of The 'Sugar Tax'

As the UK moves closer to implementing its soft drinks industry levy (or 'sugar tax' as it is more commonly known), more and more companies are announcing their plans to reformulate their products, showing that it's entirely possible to reduce sugar and provide healthier options.
02/12/2016 14:08 GMT

The Sugary Drinks Tax - The Economic Case for Action

Any public health measure must always consider the financial impact of action. But it is simply misleading to talk about possible financial impact of a measure without also talking about the economic burden we are already facing. The economic argument for action is huge - £27billion a year. That's why we can't afford not to introduce the soft drinks industry levy.
16/08/2016 17:45 BST

New Government, New Chance to Tackle Obesity

Through all the political turmoil of the past few weeks and discussions about what Brexit means for Britain, one thing has remained consistently true - we need to take strong action on childhood obesity. The UK's very high levels of childhood obesity, dental decay and diet-related ill-health did not magically decrease after the Brexit vote.
14/07/2016 10:55 BST