If you agree with Hugh that the government should be responding to these questions about the obesity crisis, then please sign this letter...
Dear Jeremy Hunt,
I’m sorry you declined to meet me in person to discuss the national obesity crisis for my BBC One series.
Here are the questions that I wanted to ask you face-to-face. I believe they are urgent questions which the government needs to respond to, and which our audience and contributors will expect you to answer.
(Of course the problem of obesity is complex and there are a whole raft of issues being raised by many experts in the field. My questions below relate to the areas I have covered in my films. You will see from the list of co-signatories that they are all regarded as vital.)
ARE YOU PREPARED TO RESTRICT JUNK FOOD MARKETING?
WILL YOU SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL AND MARKETING PROGRAMMES TO GET KIDS EATING MORE VEG AND HELP THEM TO CONSUME LESS OF THE FOOD & DRINK THAT'S DOING THEM HARM?
WILL YOU IMPROVE FRONT-OF-PACK FOOD LABELLING?
CAN YOU GIVE GPs AND PRACTICE NURSES MORE SUPPORT TO SENSITIVELY HELP PATIENTS WITH MANAGING THEIR WEIGHT?
“What gets measured gets done.”
Will you commit to new progressive metrics that track our food habits, food environments, our weight and the problems they're causing? And to getting any measurements independently monitored?
Jamie Oliver, Chef and Campaigner
Chris Askew, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK
Prof Paul Aveyard, Professor of Behavioural Medicine, University of Oxford
Rosie Boycott, Trustee of Feeding Britain and the Food Foundation
Dr Rangan Chatterjee, GP & Author
Nicola Cowell, Project Manager, Food Newcastle / Sustainable Food Cities
Barbara Crowther, Coordinator, Children’s Food Campaign,
Tam Fry, Chair, National Obesity Forum
Kawther Hashem MSc RNutr, Action on Sugar
Joanna Lacey, Director of Operations, Food Nation CIC
Prof Tim Lang, Centre for Food Policy, City University of London
Prof Eugene Milne, Director of Public Health, Newcastle City Council
Dan Parker, Living Loud
Rob Percival, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Coordinator of the Out to Lunch campaign, Soil Association
Ben Reynolds, Deputy CEO, Sustain
Anna Taylor, Executive Director, Food Foundation
Prof Roy Taylor, Professor of Medicine and Metabolism, Newcastle University
Stephanie Wood, Founder/CEO, School Food Matters
Dr Giles Yeo, University of Cambridge
Martin Tod, Chief Executive Men's Health Forum
Dr Russ Ladwa, Health and Science Committee Chair, British Dental Association
Kim Roberts, CEO of HENRY
Andy Burman, Chief Executive, British Dietetic Association