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Childhood Obesity

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what research he has commissioned into the link between childhood obesity and consumption of fizzy drinks. (110093)

I have been asked to reply.

The Department, which is co-ordinating action on obesity, has not commissioned nor has specific plans to commission research on the effects of consumption of different food products on weight gain, excess weight and obesity among schoolchildren.

The Food Standards Agency is developing a strategy to help consumers achieve energy balance.