‘Unhealthy’ food offerings should be BANNED, a health expert warns, in a bid to tackle the country’s obesity crisis

‘UNHEALTHY’ meal deals should be BANNED to tackle Britain’s obesity crisis, a health expert has warned.

It comes as the UK is on track to become the fattest nation in Europe by 2033, fueled by our eating habits.

A health expert calls for a ban on meal deals


A health expert calls for a ban on meal dealsCredit: Andrew Styczynski. The sun

A scathing report last week warned that flab levels will skyrocket by a third in a decade – with almost four in ten adults being obese.

Britain currently holds the title as the fattest nation in Western Europe, with 27.8 per cent of Britons being dangerously overweight.

In an attempt to get rid of Britons’ eating habits, health expert Dr. Donal O’Shea said stores like Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Morrisons should be banned from selling meal deals.

He claims they only ever contain unhealthy foods and “should be literally illegal.”

He told The Pat Kenny Show: “The industry has the stats and they know how to stimulate and encourage consumption and 70% of people are going to say no the first time, but when the person behind the counter says, ‘Well, are you sure? a good offer.” Then another 30% say, “Oh yes, go ahead”.

“They’re actually trained because the industry has the stats and they know how to prompt and they know how to encourage consumption. We just have to be very aware of it and try to resist it.

“Buy-a-get-a-free deals are always about things high in fat, salt and sugar, never fruit.”

It comes as daft plans to ban ‘buy one get one free’ offers on junk food were abandoned in a huge win for The Sun yesterday.

Proposals by the nanny state to make it illegal to advertise sugary treats on TV before 9pm have also been shelved after a massive backlash.

And restrictions on free refills of carbonated drinks have been lifted.

The move is the first major announcement to ease the cost-of-living crisis for struggling families.

Ministers said plans have been shelved for a year amid growing fears of a global economic slowdown.

But government insiders believe they’ve been scrapped for good.

Health Secretary Maggie Throup said: “We are committed to doing everything we can to help people lead healthier lives.

“By pausing restrictions on offers like buy one get one free, we can understand the impact on consumers in an unprecedented global economy.”

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A Health Department spokesman said: “We are implementing an ambitious program to halve childhood obesity by 2030 by motivating people to make healthier food choices.

“Obesity costs the NHS more than £6billion a year and solving the problem will save billions of pounds and help put it on a sustainable financial footing while we work to recover and reform the healthcare system.” ‘Unhealthy’ food offerings should be BANNED, a health expert warns, in a bid to tackle the country’s obesity crisis


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