Parents should remove sugary drinks completely from children’s diets, public health officials have advised after halving the Government’s recommended limit on sugar intake.
Since 1991 guidelines have suggested that no more than 10 per cent of people’s daily energy should come from the sugars either added or naturally present in food and drink.
In a major study published on Friday, scientific advisers to the Department of Health called for the limit to be reduced to 5 per cent.
Jane Ellison, the public health minister, said the recommendation had been accepted immediately and would be used to develop a “new strategy on cutting childhood obesity”, with changes to the law expected in the autumn.
It’s not so much the idiocies of the public health wallahs: that’s just the latest refuge of he Puritan class. It’s that we have a nominally Conservative government at present. Whose public health minister one would hope would be a particularly crusty peer, one whose reaction to this sort of nanny statism would be to set the hounds on those with the impertinence to suggest that this was a proper exercise of the government’s powers.
So how do we get a conservative government one of these fine days?