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Webinar: The Government's Healthy Eating Strategy - Can we afford to scrap it?

Webinar co-organised with Cambridge Global Food Security, October 2022

Description: What harm does junk food really do us? Do we need legislation to control its consumption? Recent research has found a connection between the dramatic global rise in cancer amongst people aged 20-49 and the increase in consumption of ultra-processed, or junk, food. Yet the UK Government is reported to be considering scrapping some key healthy eating policies. 

How will this impact the NHS? How do other countries regulate their citizens’ diets? Does the cost of living crisis alter the need for a healthy eating strategy? 

Our distinguished panel of experts on public health and government policy, behaviour change and the genetics of obesity unpack the issues, discuss possible solutions and answer questions. 


  • Professor Carol Brayne, Director of Cambridge Public Health and Professor of Public Health Medicine, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Dame Theresa Marteau, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Giles Yeo, Professor of Molecular Neuroendocrinology at the MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Dolly Theis is a Research Associate at the MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge

Event reportPrepared by Abigail Youngman for Cambridge Global Food Security.

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