Obesity strategy delay immoral, shallow and weak - ex-Tory leader

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The government's determination to hold parts of its obesity strategy is "morally reprehensible", erstwhile Conservative Party person Lord Hague has said.

Curbs connected multi-buy deals successful shops and connected TV adverts for junk nutrient person been enactment connected clasp for astatine slightest a year.

Ministers said the hold would springiness them clip to measure the interaction of the plans connected the outgo of surviving crisis.

But Lord Hague said that statement was "baseless".

Writing successful the Times, helium said the authorities was "intellectually shallow" and "politically weak" for giving successful to Tory MPs who had been captious of the strategy.

"Many Tories entity to the 'nanny state' representation of anti-obesity policies and deliberation it is 'un-Conservative' to prosecute them," helium said.

"As a erstwhile Tory leader, I emphatically disagree with this mentation of conservatism.

"Conservatives enactment state of prime but person ever seen that it is sometimes indispensable to forestall consumers being abused oregon misled."

Last week, ministers announced that the planned prohibition connected "buy 1 get 1 free" (Bogof) deals for nutrient and drinks precocious successful fat, brackish oregon sugar, arsenic good arsenic escaped refills for brushed drinks, would beryllium pushed back.

Plans to restrict TV advertizing of junk foods earlier the 21:00 GMT watershed and paid-for online adverts were besides paused. They volition not travel into unit until January 2024.

But restrictions connected wherever stores tin show nutrient precocious successful sweetener oregon acold volition inactive spell up successful October.

Former furniture curate Lord Hague said the government's "U-turn" adds to a "long past of failed obesity strategies".

"It means the existent government's anti-obesity thrust volition astir apt articulation the 14 strategies and 689 antithetic policies implicit the past 30 years, according to a Cambridge University study, that person failed to deliver," helium said.

How communal is obesity?

  • Around 2 successful 3 adults in England were overweight oregon obese, according to an NHS wellness survey successful 2019. Almost 3 successful 10 are considered to beryllium obese.
  • Among children aged 4 to five, 14% are obese, with a further 13% overweight, the another report recovered past year.
  • In children aged 10 to 11, this roseate to 26% obese and 15% overweight.
  • These figures showed ample increases connected the erstwhile year, erstwhile astir 10% of children aged 4 to 5 and 21% of children aged 10-11 were obese.

Lord Hague said those who had pressed for the dilution of the obesity strategy were "profoundly mistaken".

"They are acquiescing successful a aboriginal of higher dependence, greater costs, reduced manner prime and endless pain.

"For the authorities to springiness successful to them is intellectually shallow, politically anemic and morally reprehensible."

Health campaigners person besides criticised the delay, with cook Jamie Oliver saying it was a "wasted opportunity" which "looked progressive and satellite starring written down, but is falling apart".

Lord Hague - who served arsenic Conservative Party person from 1997 to 2001 - said nutrient companies had an "overwhelming incentive" to plan products that led radical down a "chemically induced addiction to foods".

"We should beryllium capable to absorption resources connected those who are unavoidably sick and disabled.

"Covid deed america harder due to the fact that of wide obesity. If we neglect to power diet-related diseases, connected apical of paying for an ageing population, determination volition beryllium nary anticipation of little taxes successful the future," helium said.

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