Tackling obesity 'needs treaty like climate change' | News - The Times

Tackling obesity will require an international treaty like that on climate change to combat food industry lobbying tactics, experts say today.

Processed food producers undermine public health policies “daily” and should be banned from participating in government policymaking, according to the authors of a commission on obesity published in The Lancet.

Legislation is needed to reduce levels of salt and sugar in food, force manufacturers to place warning labels on processed foods, and limit marketing to children, they say. Adopting their recommendations would make the inside of supermarkets look “very different” in 50 years’ time, with shoppers no longer “pushed to overconsume”.

Subsidies that benefit processed food manufacturers must be redirected to schemes that make people healthier, according to the 43 scientists from 14 countries.…

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