National Food Strategy: What are the recommendations

Last week, part two of The National Food Strategy was published. The press is going crazy for it, so we thought we’d unpick the report! 

The plan for a better food system in the UK says sugar and salt should be taxed, encourages the scrapping of food inequalities and promotes better education around food.

In 2019, the government commissioned Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of food chain Leon, to create a vision for a more sustainable food system that works to protect the NHS, prevent obesity and save the planet. 

The key recommendations include imposing higher taxes on salt and sugar for food manufacturers, extending eligibility for free school meals and allowing GPs to prescribe fruit and vegetables to those at risk of a poor diet.

With more than 64,000 deaths every year being caused by poor diet in the UK and more than half of over-45s are living with diet-related health conditions, the recommendations couldn’t come sooner. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Dimbleby said that if his measures were accepted and implemented by the government, people would reduce their calorie intake by 38kal every day. Equations show that this would help the average person to lose 2kg in weight per year. 

This national weight loss would relieve the NHS of the pressure that obesity and Type 2 diabetes put on the system. In the report, it states that: