… when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers (is that how that line goes?). It sounds like that’s what the British government’s Health Select Committee on Childhood Obesity may have in mind. I have written in two previous posts about their proposal to make sure the citizens of that country are protected from the menace of sugar.
Today I found a commentary that gives some more detail on the proposal, including this: the committee wants to reduce sugar consumption in Britain by 50%. Here’s that commentator’s opinion on what implementation of that goal would mean:
Clearly, it would take an extraordinarily overbearing state to move consumption anywhere close to this target. Today's report gives the clearest indication yet of what such a state might look like. The committee wants to dictate how much sugar can be used, where it can be sold and how much it can be sold for. It wants an 'outright ban' on confectionery and other disfavoured food products being displayed at the end of supermarket aisles and check-outs. It wants non-food shops, such as WH Smith, to stop offering confectionery at the till. It wants commercials for bacon, cheese and butter to be confined to late night television. It wants the government to regulate the size of food portions in shops and restaurants. In short, it wants the world on a stick.
Hat tip: Overlawyered.
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