Junk food TV adverts will be BANNED before the 9pm watershed as part of Boris Johnson’s anti-obesity campaign
- Prime Minister Boris Johnson set to unveil a new anti-obesity strategy next week
- His weight may have contributed to brush with death after contracting Covid-19
- Ban on online junk food adverts is also expected, as well as ban on TV ads
- Restrictions on buy-one-get-one-free supermarket deals are also expected
Television adverts for junk food are set to be banned before the 9pm watershed as part of Boris Johnson’s war on obesity.
The Prime Minister is set to unveil a new anti-obesity strategy next week after being warned that his weight may have contributed to his brush with death when he contracted coronavirus this year.
Retail and advertising executives have been told the plans will include a ban on TV ads for junk food such as burgers and chocolate before 9pm, according to the Financial Times. A ban on online adverts is also expected, as are restrictions on buy-one-get-one-free supermarket deals.
Television adverts for junk food are set to be banned before the 9pm watershed as part of Boris Johnson’s war on obesity. Pictured: Boris Johnson visiting RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, on Thursday
The Prime Minister has ruled out introducing new ‘sin taxes’ such as the sugar tax on soft drinks. But he is considering new labelling laws designed to make it much easier for people to avoid products that are high in fat and salt.
Mr Johnson is also expected to launch a major drive to encourage people to walk and cycle, with millions poured into building new bike lanes.
Obesity is a major risk factor in coronavirus patients, with the overweight much more likely to need hospital treatment or even die. Diabetes is also known to be a major risk.
The Prime Minister, who is now on a diet, is said to have been shocked that his own 17-stone weight may have put him in intensive care when he contracted Covid-19.
Retail and advertising executives have been told the plans will include a ban on TV ads for junk food such as burgers and chocolate before 9pm (file image)
He is said to be ‘obsessed’ with the issue, telling aides: ‘It’s all right for you thinnies.’ The PM, who was previously sceptical of ‘nanny state’ interventions on obesity, has now ruled that a war on weight must be launched this summer to help people slim down before a possible second wave of the virus this winter.
Last month he said: ‘We will be happier, fitter and more resistant to diseases like Covid if we can tackle obesity.’
But any move is likely to be controversial – and would deal a serious blow to commercial broadcasters already hit by a dramatic fall in revenue this year as a result of the recession sparked by the lockdown.
Downing Street declined to comment last night.