Obesity campaigner blames Margaret Thatcher changes for Britain's crisis

'We can't always blame parents for children being overweight', says British Obesity Society

New guidelines have been released on children's snacks

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

An anti-obesity campaigner has blamed changes made under Margaret Thatcher for the health crisis blighting kids in the UK.

Government body Public Health England is advising parents of children under the age of 11 to ensure they only eat two snacks a day which each contain 100 calories or less, and remove crisps and chocolate from the daily menu.

According to Paul Evans, a trustee at the British Obesity Society, the growing child obesity crisis is a direct consequence of changes made under the Tory Government thirty years ago.

"The current generation of parents were largely born in 1980s and 1990s," Evans told Mike Graham.

"In the 1980s onwards home economics was abolished for our education system, school fields were sold, they took milk out of mornings for children. During school meal times it was more about 'how can we sell the least-quality food for the highest profit margin."

Evans also suggested: "We can’t always blame parents [for the crisis] which usually is where we turn to."

However the question must be addressed urgently, as Evans said "a staggering amount of individuals are dying because of the food they’re putting in their mouth" and whilst many are saying this is the "nanny state telling us what to do, the the fact is, we have a huge problem.

"We need to work together with our schools we need to be working with teachers influencing parents."

Listen to the full interview above