In a bid to crack down on obesity, the UK is banning ‘buy one get on free’ and other promotions such as “two for three” on all junk food from 2022.

From April 2022, these restrictions will be enforced and will also apply to food products which are high in fat, sugar and salt. The ban will apply also to refills on soft drinks – so make the most of the unlimited refill in Nando’s whilst you can!

The restrictions on promotions will only apply to businesses employing more than 50 people and stores larger than 2,000 square feet.

Public Health England published a report in July 2020 revealing that severe obesity could increase the chances of dying from Covid-19 by 90%.

Helen Kirrane form Diabetes UK said “the restrictions are a positive step towards helping people make healthier decisions”.

Obesity Health Alliance lead Caroline Cerny said: “Taking the spotlight off junk food means the only buy one get one free offers we see will be on healthier foods.

“Retailers won’t be able to tempt us to impulsively buy tins of sweets in supermarket entrances or chocolate bars in clothes shops.”

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