dr Donal O’Shea, HSE’s clinical lead, said these food offerings almost always include unhealthy food options and should therefore be banned from UK supermarkets
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There have been calls for a ban on popular food offerings in supermarkets to tackle the country’s obesity crisis.
An expert from the government’s Health and Safety Agency (HSE) said the popular fixed-price deals should be done “illegally”.
dr Donal O’Shea, the clinical director of HSE, said on The Pat Kenny Show on Wednesday that they should be banned from stores like Tesco, M&S, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Morrisons.
Experts also want them removed from the shelves of gas stations and places like Boots.
dr O’Shea said these offerings almost always involve only unhealthy foods and should be banned. “It should be literally illegal,” he said.
He continued: “The industry has the statistics and they know how to stimulate and encourage consumption. And 70% of people will say no the first time, but when the person behind the counter says, ‘Well, are you sure it’s a good deal?’ Then another 30% say “Ah yes, go on”.
“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.”
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a major report revealing that obesity is responsible for 200,000 cancer cases and 1.2 million deaths a year in Europe.
The report states: “Alarmingly, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has been steadily increasing in the WHO European Region and no Member State is on track to meet the target of halting the rise in obesity by 2025.
“Across the WHO European region, obesity is likely to be directly responsible for at least 200,000 new cancer cases per year, with this number projected to increase in the coming decades.
“For some countries in the Region, obesity is predicted to overtake smoking as the main risk factor for preventable cancers.”
In response to the report’s findings, O’Shea said: “We are beginning to see the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on weight patterns among young people. We have a kind of population segregation.
“About 2% of the population is super fit, has abs and a body to die for. And the rest of us are now 65% overweight or obese and unfortunately the childhood stats haven’t improved.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/calls-meal-deals-banned-tesco-26957063 Calls for food outlets to be banned at Tesco, M&S, Boots, Sainsbury's and Asda