Dr Lobstein, a World Health Organisation advisor, said the food industry accepted our eating habits needed to change but it would not agree to sell less food.
People in the UK weigh on average around 9kg (20lbs) more now than they did in the 1980s. This means they are eating an extra 215 calories a day – at a cost of 54p each.
No, I’m afraid that that’s not actually true.
We are not, on average, consuming more calories than we did in the 1980s. We are, on average, consuming fewer.
The thing is, we’re also expending fewer calories. And we’re expending fewer calories more than the reduction in calorie consumption. Thus the entirely agreed weight gain.
And this is important. If we shout that obesity is a result of increased food consumption and then try to solve increased food consumption then we shall be wrong. For we will have misdiagnosed the problem in the first place.
This is entirely spearate from whether anyone should be telling us how to live our lives. Even if there is a place for such interventions (no, there ain’t) this bloke is still wrong.