Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall discuss childhood obesity

30 April 2018

The Health and Social Care Committee hears from celebrity chefs and food campaigners Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.


Tuesday 1 May in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30pm

  • Laura Flanagan, School Food Improvement Officer, Croydon Food Flagship Programme
  • Kieron Boyle, CEO, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity
  • Sarah Vince-Cain, and Gill Heaton OBE, NHS Champ
  • Dr James Nobles, Research Fellow in Public Health and Obesity, Leeds Beckett University

At 3.15pm

  • Jamie Oliver
  • Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

At 4.00pm

  • Professor Jack Winkler, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition Policy, London Metropolitan University
  • Laura Johnson, Nutritional Epidemiologist and Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition, University of Bristol
  • Martin O’Connell, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Dr Peter Scarborough, Associate Professor, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford and partner of Soft Drinks Industry Levy Evaluation team
  • Professor Franco Sassi, Director, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Innovation

Purpose of the session

In this session, the Committee will hear from celebrity chefs and food campaigners Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall about the state of the nation regarding childhood obesity, and what more the Government should be doing on the issue.

‘Childhood Obesity: A Plan For Action’

The session precedes the expected launch of the next chapter of the Government’s ‘Childhood Obesity: A Plan For Action’, due in 2018. Witnesses will have the opportunity to tell the Committee what they would like to see in the next chapter of the Government’s plan, and what aspects of the existing plan have worked well or failed to generate the desired impact.

Soft Drinks Industry Levy

The Committee will also be hearing from fiscal experts and leading food and public health economists on the recently imposed Soft Drinks Industry Levy, and from campaigners and community groups on the challenges currently faced by those trying to tackle childhood obesity at a local level.

Further information

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