Thursday, 8 July 2010

Food and alcohol companies to fund government health propaganda

The Guardian reports:
Beer companies, confectionary firms and crisp-makers will be asked to fund the government's advertising campaign to persuade people to switch to a healthier lifestyle and, in return, will not face new legislation outlawing excessively fatty, sugary and salty food, the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, announced today.
It would seem that the nasty nudging has begun.

The excuse for this intervention comes later in the article:
Lansley said Change4Life would also be expanded, to cover alcohol misuse which costs the NHS £17bn a year – the same as obesity, which now affects one in four Britons.

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