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Johnson’s obesity campaign could cause more harm than good

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Better Health” is the new government initiative set to tighten the belt loops on the nation after the “wake-up call” of Covid-19. It pledges to “get the nation fit and healthy, protect themselves against Covid-19 and protect the NHS”. The measures include banning TV adverts of high fat and sugary food before 9pm, ending buy one get one free offers on high calorie foods and introducing calorie counting labels on restaurant menus, alcoholic drinks and the front of all food packaging.

This move concerns many nutritionists. They argue that a “walk of shame” every time someone buys a pack of Jammy Dodgers or McDonald’s double cheeseburger is not a good way to deal with unhealthy eating. Rather, there needs to be a societal shift in the way we think about food. As food experts, psychologists........

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