Posts Tagged fast food
The whole world is on the binge.
We are getting fat, our kids are getting fatter.
It doesn’t matter if you are in UK, USA or here in Brazil (the latest obesity figures are alarming, the figures for morbid obesity are shocking).
The food and fast food corporations must be taken to task. They have proved they can’t be trusted to self-regulate.
Institutions also must be taken to task. They feed the students, patients, inmates crap because crap is cheaper than real food.
Read this warning:
Jamie Oliver warns Michael Gove on academy school meals
TV chef Jamie Oliver has said Education Secretary Michael Gove is endangering pupils’ nutrition by not controlling what food academy schools provide.
He said he was “totally mystified” that academies were allowed to determine what food should be on offer, while state schools follow strict rules.
“The public health of five million children should not be left to luck or chance,” he told the Observer.
The government says it trusts schools to act in their pupils’ best interests.
A campaign by the chef led to tough new legal standards on school meals in England.
Oliver told the newspaper: “This mantra that we are not going to tell (academy) schools what to do just isn’t good enough in the midst of the biggest obesity epidemic ever.”
‘Playing with fire’
Referring to Mr Gove, who enabled more schools in England to become academies through the Academies Bill in 2010, Oliver said: “I have got nothing against him personally. But the health of millions of children could be affected by this one man.
“When there is a national obesity crisis unfolding around us, I honestly think he is playing with fire.”
Academies are semi-independent schools so do not have to abide by regulations introduced in 2008 which set out strict nutritional guidelines for school food.
Source: BBC News Read more
It’s not just the UK that has this problem, it is global.
Governments everywhere need to step in, because the industries, corporations and institutions CANNOT BE TRUSTED!
The world over are screaming about austerity measures. Many countries have sliced their health budgets to shreds. One of the major factors in illness is obesity.
There are two solutions:
1. Stop kids from getting fat.
2. Tax the providers of obesity to fund the health budgets.
Denmark has introduced what is believed to be the world’s first fat tax – a surcharge on foods that are high in saturated fat.
Butter, milk, cheese, pizza, meat, oil and processed food are now subject to the tax if they contain more than 2.3% saturated fat.
Some consumers began hoarding to beat the price rise, while some producers call the tax a bureaucratic nightmare.
Others suggest that many Danes will simply start shopping abroad.
Danish officials say they hope the new tax will help limit the population’s intake of fatty foods.
However, some scientists think saturated fat may be the wrong target.
They say salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates are more detrimental to health and should be tackled instead.
Source: BBC News Read more
For sure they have hit the wrong target. They should be attacking junk food outlets like McDonald’s and taxing them out of existence!