Sunday, July 11, 2010

Fast Food as Damaging as Binge Drinking or Smoking

From the London Guardian:

Leading doctors call for urgent crackdown on junk food

Presidents of two royal colleges of medicine urge government to restrict advertising and sponsorship by makers of unhealthy foods and introduce diet health warnings
A Big Mac hamburger and french fries in a McDonald's fast food 
McDonald's currently sponsors the youth coaching scheme run by the Football Association.
Leading doctors today weigh in on the debate over the government's role in promoting public health by demanding that ministers impose "fat taxes" on unhealthy food and introduce cigarette-style warnings to children about the dangers of a poor diet.

The demands follow comments last week by the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, who insisted the government could not force people to make healthy choices and promised to free businesses from public health regulations.

But senior medical figures want to stop fast-food outlets opening near schools, restrict advertising of products high in fat, salt or sugar, and limit sponsorship of sports events by fast-food producers such as McDonald's.

They argue that government action is necessary to curb Britain's addiction to unhealthy food and help halt spiralling rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Professor Terence Stephenson, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said that the consumption of unhealthy food should be seen to be just as damaging as smoking or binge drinking...

1 comment:

Okuma said...

The argument that links fast food to obesity remain unanswered. Though one reason why people crave to eat more is because of the chemical flavoring (preservatives) that contains in the food. Rapid weight loss cannot be achieve by just avoiding fast food meals but preparing it fresh is better rather than taking an order in a resto.