Monday, July 12, 2010

England - the stupidest country in the world (when it comes to obesity)?


Wow, wow wow.

How's this for the dumbest thing you've ever heard a country do to help combat obesity - England has just turned over the reins for it's already crappy Change4Life program (I've blogged about it before) to the food industry and in return for Big Food's help the government's already promised not to mess with them anymore when it comes to things like labeling, taxes or other nutritional regulations or reforms.

I have no words and as regular readers know, it's tough to render me speechless.


As Marion Nestle put it on her blog,

"Moral: Expect no public health messages about eating less, or further restrictions on health claims from this campaign."
[Here's The Observer's scathing editorial about the decision.]

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  1. Whether in England or any other country, the best policy is to be your own health care advocate.

    Ken Leebow

  2. UK politicians are following up this new anti-obesity policy with an appeal to London's drug dealers to take over funding of the nation's Say No to Drugs programme.