How are the ‘food giants’ responsible for what YOU put in YOUR mouth, Sophie? Do they come round and force-feed you?
… bizarrely, on the same day the public was urged to eat less, a group of Government scientists announced an increase in the recommended daily calorie limit for those who are not overweight.Yeeeees, I think the key part of that phrase is ‘for those who are not overweight’. Bit of a clue, eh?
Naturally, the usual suspects are in just as high dudgeon as the ‘Mail’ columnist:
Charlie Powell of the Children’s Food Campaign said: ‘This is a deeply disappointing and utterly inadequate response which represents a squandered opportunity to address the UK’s obesity crisis.Which, as far as I can see, they do. I can buy food and drink in the supermarket with reasonable confidence that it won’t kill me through dangerous additives or unhealthy hygiene standards.
‘It is nothing less than an abdication of the Government’s responsibility to protect public health.’
That responsibility does not, however, extend to a government restriction on how much of it I then choose to consume at a sitting. And nor should it.
Step forward the British Meddling Association:
A spokesman for the British Medical Association said: ‘We do not feel the strategy has gone far enough. It will take more than industry self-regulation and personal responsibility to reduce the obesity crisis.So, what will it take? Totalitarianism?
And where’s everyone’s favourite cheeky Cockney chappie? Oh, there he is:
Jamie Oliver, who launched a national campaign to make school dinners healthier, said: ‘I’m far from impressed with the Government’s empty, pointless obesity strategy.A TV CHEF IS UNHAPPY WITH THE GOVERNMENT! THIS IS A DISASTER OF UNIMAGINABLE PROPORTIONS!
‘Simply telling people what they already know – that they need to eat less and move more – is a complete cop-out.’