Around 63 percent of adults in England are overweight or obese, and one in three children are overweight by the time they leave primary school. A health survey in 2018 indicated 31 percent of UK adults were clinically obese.
The potential strategy follows the government’s latest push to urge British citizens to lose weight to protect themselves against COVID-19.
Championed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Better Health campaign will ban advertising of food high in salt, sugar or fat on television and online before 9pm.
Further legislation will restrict the promotion of unhealthy foods like ‘buy one, get one free’ offers.
Johnson, who is overweight and became seriously ill with COVID-19 in April, led the charge of the campaign saying if English people all “do our bit” to get healthy, they can alleviate the pressure on the NHS.