Tackling Obesity in Wales

Dydd Mawrth, 25 Medi 2012
Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Mark Drakeford: Pa gamau y mae Llywodraeth Cymru yn eu cymryd i fynd i’r afael â gordewdra yng Nghymru.

[What steps are being taken by the Welsh Government to address obesity in Wales.] 

The First Minister: We launched the all-Wales obesity pathway in 2010, which sets out a tiered approach for the prevention and treatment of obesity, from community-based prevention and early intervention to specialist medical and surgical services.

Mark Drakeford: Earlier this month, the New York City health board agreed unanimously to outlaw the provision of fizzy drinks in restaurants that are provided with a rating by the New York authorities, because of the amazing contribution that such drinks make to the problem of obesity. With a public health Bill on the horizon in Wales, will the Welsh Government consider that course of action and see whether it is something that we might want to replicate here?

The First Minister: I think that what they have done in New York City is limit the size of drinks rather than ban them. In some American sports stadiums, drinks can be bought that contain 1,600 calories; I am not sure what is in them, but it gives you some idea of the size of American portions as compared with ours. However, in answer in to your question, I will ask my officials to look at examples from other countries as the Bill is prepared, and consider whether we have the powers to regulate, if appropriate, in Wales.