Government plans to tackle obesity crisis

The government has warned the UK could be on the verge of an obesity crisis. According to the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition, the daily diet of the entire nation needs to be reduced by five billion calories to prevent the problem becoming out of hand.

Health secretary Andrew Lansley, who is also MP for South Cambridgeshire, claimed the UK is over-indulging an amount of food that is comparable to 17 million cheeseburgers every day - and the politician is hoping to tackle the issue by encouraging consumers to be more transparent with what they choose to eat and drink.

However, the proposals have been criticised of being too lax, with objectors suggesting more should be done by the industry itself to cut back on fat, sugar and salt levels, rather than relying on the judgement of the general public.

Chris Powell of the Children's Food Campaign told the Daily Mail: "This is a deeply disappointing and utterly inadequate response which represents a squandered opportunity to address the UK's obesity crisis."

In July the Society published its report Obesity in the UK: A Psychological Perspective. And last month Chartered Psychologist Dr Kerri McPherson told this website:

"Interventions often focus their efforts on changing an individual's food and/or activity habits but fail to deal with the complex relationship these share with the person's psychology. 

"There is a growing evidence base about the role psychology plays in how individuals manage their bodies and their health and this needs to be incorporated into any obesity strategy."