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There is fat chance of Stormont tackling our obesity problem

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01.08.2020

How long before Stormont decides to put us on a diet too? Boris already has his Covid weight loss plan up and - if not quite running - at least on the starting blocks. The reasoning behind the PM's new-found enthusiasm for calorie counting is sound. Those who carry extra poundage (and he himself was an unfortunate example) are at more risk from Covid-19.

And, current emergency aside, it's long been acknowledged that the UK has a major weight problem. Apparently in Europe only the people of Malta are fatter than us.

The obesity epidemic, as it's been called, has also placed an enormous burden upon the NHS. Something must be done.

And so, unusually for a Conservative government - the Tories are not normally fans of anything suggestive of the nanny state - the plan is now to chivvy us all into eating less and exercising more.

Like most strategies emanating from Number 10 these days there's so much waffling around it's hard to tell what we're being fed.

There are proposals that menus in the larger restaurant and fast food chains must display the calorie count of their dishes.

The hospitality industry, which understandably feels it's got enough on its plate right now without having to work out how many calories are in it, is not exactly brimming with enthusiasm at this suggestion.

And there's not a lot of evidence the new labelling will have much impact.

If smokers can disregard those gruesome, gruesome pics they put on cigarette packets, diners may also be able to skim over the fattening potential of a Whopper and Fries.

Even Boris doesn't want to put you off your food........

© Belfast Telegraph