Leading public health experts are not only calling for cigarette packet-style warning on petrol pumps but also on airline tickets, energy bills and other goods with high carbon footprint.
Chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally has raised the prospect to rise tax on chips, chocolate and other unhealthy food. The Institute of Economic Affairs fears that the poorest will be hit hardest by obesity-tackling measures.
Medical experts in Scotland call for health warning labels to be included on alcoholic drinks packaging, similar to those found on cigarette packets. They claim it is shameful for a bottle of milk to have more information on it than a bottle of alcohol.
Smoothies, fruit juices, and sugary cereals may all be banned from school meals in Scotland as part of new changes that are being implemented. Under the new plans, all school lunches will offer two portions of vegetables and one portion of fruit in an attempt to combat the country’s child obesity problem.
As industry failed to hit targets to reduce the sugar levels in popular sweet foods in the UK, ministers are planning to impose a 20% tax on sugary foods. This would raise the cost of a Mars bar by 12p, and a bag of haribo by 20p.
Anthony Warner argues that taxing sugary drinks will not have a great impact on reducing obesity rates, but that it will increase snobbery around the issue.
The Mayor of London is challenged by a leading dietician on his junk-food ad ban, and suggests that “nutripredjudice” is behind it.