Following on from our webinar ‘Taking Action on Sugar: Children’s Snacks’, we’ve pulled together some of the key resources and references discussed within the webinar, plus some additional ones on the topic. We have also included useful websites and social media accounts recommended to keep up to date on the subject. If you missed the live webinar, you can watch the recording.

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Calling on Food and Drink Companies – Don’t Hide What’s Inside (2021). Bite Back. New report highlighting how misleading health claims can be on young people’s food choices

Restricting promotions of products high in fat, sugar and salt by location and by price: government response to public consultation (2021). Department of Health & Social Care. Consultation outcome for restricting high fat, sugar and salt promotions in favour of healthier options to help improve the diets and reduce children’s sugar intakes

Tackling obesity: empowering adults and children to live healthier lives (2020), Department of Health & Social Care. Action plan into tackling adult and childhood obesity

Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on grocery shopping behaviours (2020). Public Health England. Report showing how our eating habits have changed, including snacking since COVID-19

Improving Young Children’s Diets During the Complementary Feeding Period – UNICEF Programming Guidance (2020), Unicef. Guidance for feeding between the ages of 6 and 23 months – the complementary feeding period

National Child Measurement Programme (2020). Public Health England. This report presents findings from the Government’s National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for England, 2019/20 school year

National Diet and Nutrition Survey (2020). Public Health England.  Rolling programme Years 9-11 (2016/2017 to 2018/2019). The latest NDNS dietary survey giving insights into the eating habits for those in the UK

Ending inappropriate promotion of commercially available complementary foods for infants and young children between 6 and 36 months in Europe (2019). World Health Organisation. A discussion paper outlining the first steps in developing a nutrient profile model

Commercial infant and baby food and drink: evidence review. (2019). Public Health England. A report setting out the evidence for action on food and drink product ranges targeted at babies and young children, and PHE’s advice to government

Sugar reduction: achieving the 20% (2019). Public Health England. A technical report outlining progress to date, industry guidelines, 2015 sugar baseline levels in 9 food categories and the next steps

Obesity Profile (2019), Public Health England. Statistics into the prevalence of overweight/obesity in children

Calorie reduction: the scope and ambition for action (2018). Public Health England. Report setting out the evidence on children’s calorie consumption and the details of the calorie reduction programme

Guidance on ending the inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children (2017). World Health Organisation. Guidance aiming to protect breastfeeding, prevent obesity and chronic diseases, and to promote a healthy diet

Ending Childhood Obesity (2017), World Health Organisation. An action plan towards ending childhood obesity

Childhood obesity: a plan for action (2017), Department of Health and Social Care. UK action plan into childhood obesity

Obesity in children and young people: prevention and lifestyle weight management programmes (2015). National Institute of for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). NICE guidelines for childhood obesity


Impact of color-coded and warning nutrition labelling schemes: A systematic review and network meta-analysis (2021). Song et al. Systematic review and meta-analysis supporting the call for mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling to help shoppers make, and the food industry provide, healthier choices

Changes in soft drinks purchased by British households associated with the UK soft drinks industry levy: controlled interrupted time series analysis (2021). Pell et al. An article published within the British Medical Journal showing the impacts of the SDIL on soft drink and confectionary consumption after one year

Reducing risk of childhood obesity in the wake of covid-19 (2021). Chung et al. Alexandra Chung and colleagues call for governments to prioritise child obesity as they implement measures to recover from the pandemic

A definition of free sugars for the UK (2018). Swan et al. The definition of free sugars for the UK, as utilised within the webinar

Sugar and health: a review of current evidence and future policy (2016) Evans, C. A review highlighting strategies need to reduce sugar consumption in the UK

Public Health and Governmental measures to tackle sugar (2020) Moynihan,P., & Miller,C. An article highlighting key action required from the government for help tackle sugar

Sales impact of displaying alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages in end-of-aisle locations: An observational study (2014). Nakamura et al. Study finding that end of aisle displays can increase he sales of soft drinks by over 50%

A mixed-method examination of food marketing directed towards children in Australian supermarkets (2014). Campbell et al. Research showing the impact of ‘pester power’ on parents’ shopping habits

Rising Obesity-Related Hospital Admissions among Children and Young People in England: National Time Trends Study (2013). Jones Nielsen et al. Research showing the rise in the number of children admitted to hospital for obesity and related conditions


Newsletter – Action on Salt and Action on Sugar’s quarterly newsletter with the latest updates

FoodSwitch An award-winning health app to help people make healthier choices. Scan the barcodes of food and drink products and find out whether they are high (red), medium (amber) or low (green) in fat, saturates, sugar and salt, and find healthier yet similar alternatives

Educational Materials – Downloadable worksheets, lesson plans and information aimed for educating young people

Food Flips Game – Card game which is now an interactive online learning tool to help get children used to seeing and understanding the traffic light labels

Health factsheets – Consumer factsheets free to download including a ‘low sugar shopping guide‘ and learn more,’ eat less guide to sugar’

Podcasts – Action on Sugar and Action on Salt’s podcast exploring current public health policy topics

Videos – Links to Action on Sugar’s own YouTube channel

How to eat less sugar – Practical advice on How to cut down on sugar, Top sources of sugar in the UK diet and Understanding Food Labels


Eating well in the early years. First Steps Nutrition. Several downloadable leaflets for childhood nutrition

Quick and Easy Snack IdeasChange 4 Life. Recipes for healthy snacks for children

Food Scanner AppChange 4 Life. App to encourage healthier choices when looking at food labels

Getting food systems right from the start (2021). World Health Organisation/UN. Webinar on YouTube – how food systems are failing young children and what we can do about it

Sugar: the facts. Eat well. (2021). National Health Service. Practical advice around reducing sugar intake

FAQs: Sugars (2021). British Nutrition Foundation. BNF answers some common questions on sugar

Sugar (2017). The British Dietetic Association – Food fact sheet from the BDA

50 Shades of SugarThe British Heart Foundation. Infographic showing the different names for sugar

Infographic: how much sugar is in different foods? The British Heart Foundation. Infographic showing sugar content in various foods

How to cut back on sugar without noticingThe British Heart Foundation. Top tips for how to reduce sugar intake

Blog Posts from Registered Nutritionist Charlotte Stirling-Reed including Sweet Low Sugar Recipes for Kids, The Truth About SugarSugar for Babies and Children: What’s the Deal? . SR Nutrition


@actiononsugar (Twitter), actiononsaltnandsugar (Instagram) and Action on Sugar (Website) for Action on Sugar

@WASHSalt (Twitter) and World Action on Sugar, Salt and Health (Website) for WASH

@KawtherH (Twitter), drkawthernutrition (Instagram) for Dr Kawther H MSc PhD – Registered Nutritionist for Action on Sugar

@hollygabe (Twitter) for Holly Gabriel RNutr – Nutrition manager for Action on Sugar

@katfoodjenner (Twitter) for Katharine Jenner – Campaign director for Action on Sugar

@BDA_obesity (Twitter) and bda_obesity (Instagram) for the British Dietetic Association’s Obesity Specialist Group

@biteback2030 (Twitter), @biteback2030 (Instagram) and Bite Back (Website) for Bite Back (youth-led charity campaigning to ensure all young people have access to affordable and healthy food)

@1stepsnutrition and First Steps Nutrition Trust Website Twitter and website for First Steps Nutrition Trust – independent UK Charity providing evidence based information & resources about good nutrition from pre-conception to 5 years

@Change4life (Twitter), Change 4 Life (Website) for NHS Change 4 Life

@Nutr_Consultant (Twitter) and  the_nutrition_consultant (Instagram) for The Nutrition Consultant. On the Instagram page, the sugar infographic that was shared within the webinar can be found


Early Life Nutrition Masterclass (2021) – Symposium covering preconception, pregnancy and early childhood

Action on Sugar: Individual vs Industry Responsibility (2020) – Blog post about reducing sugar consumption in the UK

OBESITY STRATEGY – MORE RADICAL ACTION NEEDED (2020)  Blog post into what action needs to be taken against obesity