Ban school run to keep children fit, says health chief
Parents should be banned from dropping their children off at the school gate to help tackle childhood obesity, said new public health chief.
Professor John Ashton said children should be made to walk a quarter of a mile each day to keep them fit and prevent obesity.
I guess this is the 151st way in which "the nanny state is good for us", as Simon Chapman would say (the comments are worth reading. The article, not so much.)
And, also from The Telegraph...
'Unhealthy' multibuys targeted in new obesity crackdown
Supermarket multibuy promotions on fatty foods could be scrapped in a new obesity crackdown by the Government.
Minutes from a Department of Health working group reveal big retailers and food companies may also have to set aside a percetange of marketing spend for "healthier" products instead of promoting fizzy drinks, confectionery and crisps.
A new code could also be introduced to restrict the use of cartoon characters on food that is high in sugar and salt.
Tim Worstall has some firm words to describe these people. To be fair to the government, they have said that these were only proposals which they will not be running with. The 'public health' lobby, on the other hand, would go much further and are currently huddled together at a tax-sponging jamboree in Vienna to discuss "marketing controls, food prices, bans and subsidies".
Meanwhile, as obesity rates stubbornly refuse to rise, they are resorting to desperate measures to stoke the "epidemic"...
Health advisers have set a new, lower obesity measure threshold for British Asians... Until now, experts have said all UK adults should aim for a BMI of no more than 25 to be healthy. But NICE says that doesn't go far enough for certain ethnic groups. Its new guidelines say Asian people should aim for a BMI lower than 23.
Expect to see a surge in obesity next time the figures come out, along with urgent calls for a crack down. See how it works?