Of course I’m glad the government is finally addressing what we eat and drink in the UK – yesterday we read that 17k people a year are diagnosed with cancer linked to alcohol abuse. Listen to my Alcohol Free Life podcast to hear my views on this!
Ministers are being urged to levy a £3bn sugar and salt tax as part of a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to break Britain’s addiction to junk food, cut meat consumption by nearly a third and help tackle climate change.
I am seeing way too many individuals addicted to ultra processed foods that are cheap and lacking in nutrients and loaded with sugar, salts that cause a multitude of chronic metabolic diseases.
There needs to tbe education in schools as part of the curriculum around the perils of ultra- processed foods, the neuroscience and the disordered eating that is caused by highly addictive ingredients. This could potentially be a game changer in breaking the cycle at school level. But healthy school meals/menus should be non negotiable.I witness far too many kids eating chicken and chips before school starts. Such that I feel the industry that support fast food distribution…like chicken shops and cafes shouldn’t be selling in the immediate vicinity of schools. I fear that, if we are not swift with change then we will have a new generation of chronically ill at a young age. Children dying before parents.