Goodbye to Sweets At The Checkouts

Selling sweets near supermarket checkouts and offering two-for-one deals on junk food will be banned under a government campaign against childhood obesity.

Ministers are also considering barring cartoons from promoting junk food and are consulting on making it illegal to sell energy drinks to anyone under the age of 16.

It is understood that the health minister will introduce a  watershed preventing products high in salt or sugar being advertised before 9pm similar to the one prohibiting sex and violence to be shown early in the evening.

Unlimited refills of sugary soft drinks in restaurants may also be outlawed by the child obesity strategy.