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Meg Munn welcomes National Nutrition Bill

Thursday, October 31, 2002

Meg Munn, Labour and Co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley strongly supports Oona King’s proposed bill on National Nutrition.

Oona King is the Labour MP for Bethnal Green and Bow and her Ten Minute Rule Bill asks

"That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide for the establishment of a national nutrition strategy; to provide development funding for primary care trusts to address the issue of diet and obesity; to establish a minimum requirement for physical activity in schools; to develop a system of food labelling to enable consumers to identify high-fat foods and total calorie content; and to make it a requirement for health warnings to be displayed on all packaged convenience food with a high fat or sugar content"

Ms Munn, a regular campaigner for improved oral health said

"Oona’s bill is wide-ranging and important with a special emphasis on children and I particularly welcome the suggestions concerning the area of oral health.

Everyone knows that sugar is bad for children’s teeth and Oona’s plans for clearer information on health risks to be displayed on the packaging of food and drinks with high sugar content would be very helpful. I am proud that Co-op stores have campaigned vigorously against the direct marketing of sugary foods to children and have been very clear in the labelling of their own products. What we need now is a mandatory code for all stores.

I am also impressed with Oona’s suggestions for health promotion and education programmes to help tackle diseases such as dental decay. Children with bad teeth don’t just have to suffer pain and discomfort, there are also problems with their self-confidence and embarrassment. Children who have healthy and attractive looking teeth feel better about themselves. Anything that we can do to educate them about what will harm their teeth, will benefit them for a lifetime."

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