Public health officials predict that it will be a decade before national sugar consumption is cut by just a fifth.
The stark admission by the Department of Health earlier this week comes just months after it released the long-awaited childhood obesity strategy.
Richard Sangster, head of obesity policy, said there was no quick fix to a ‘highly complex issue’.
‘It’s a problem that has taken 30 years or so to get to this point,’ he said. ‘It’s going to take a similar amount of time to tackle this issue.’
Poor diet and lifestyle have been blamed for fat becoming ‘the new normal’, with 61 per cent of adults officially classed as overweight or obese.
The strategy was a response to figures which revealed a third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school.
Speaking at a meeting chaired by Tory MP Maggie Throup, a member of the health select committee, Mr Sangster insisted Britain was leading the way in tackling obesity.
‘We think the obesity plan will give us around a fifth reduction in ten years,’ he said. ‘If we achieve that, that would be fantastic – no country in the world has reduced levels of obesity.’
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