The Public Health White Paper: very short guide

I completely agree with other writers linked below so I won’t report too much, but in case you were wondering:

This public health White Paper takes the piss more thoroughly than a phalanx of urinals. Health Policy Insight

The Independent [yesterday] confirmed the dominance of multinational companies on a Whitehall project setting health policy. Eighteen representatives of Mars, Unilever, Diageo and other commercial interests attended the first meeting of the Public Health Responsibility Deal in September – three times the number from health and consumer groups. The group will propose policy on diet, drinking, tobacco, exercise and behaviour change.

It’s a bit like handing responsibility for drug policy to the mafia. So we have junk food manufacturers whose profits depend on us eating more junk, being given the green (traffic light) to gently nudge us into making the kind of consumer choices that will make us more healthy. If you were in any doubt about the dumbness of the government’s plans for public health there is detailed analysis from blogger Dr Aust and Andy Cowper, Health Policy Insight.

If you’re still curious and want to understand how the international food trade works read Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel.

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