Obesity epidemic

14/10/11

Health secretary Andrew Lansley has been slammed by health campaigners and medical professional for his pledge to reduce Britain's national calorie intake by 5 billion.

Mr Lansley wants to 'nudge' people into consuming fewer calories each day in a bid to tackle the spreading obesity epidemic.

However, his plans, which involve asking food and drinks companies to voluntarily reduce the calorific content of their foods, have been slammed by doctors and campaigners who say that the measures will have no impact on the crisis.

In spite of his promise to invest in the anti-obesity campaign 'change4life', which encourages people to exercise more and change unhealthy lifestyles, he has cut funding to the initiative by £11m.

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