Seem Malhotra, a man on mission states today in a Guardian UK newspaper article that if something isn’t done about sugar consumption, and fast, the rapid rise in chronic health conditions related to obesity and diet will have devastating consequences. “Take type 2 diabetes, which is almost entirely preventable,” he says. “The combined cost of type 2 diabetes to the economy and NHS is around £20bn per year.
Raising awareness is vital, he says, because without pressure from the public for change, concerted government action to address the public health and cost implications is unlikely to be successful, in the face of vast sums of money poured into lobbying by the food industry also.
If there was genuine political will, then positive changes could be brought about very quickly, he argues.
“The reality is our environments and our circumstances have a much bigger impact on behaviour than we appreciate. How can anyone argue personal responsibility, if you are living in an area where you haven’t got access to healthy food? That’s just nonsensical. I think it’s criminal.”
Read the article…http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/nov/18/aseem-malhotra-sugar-campaigner-prevent-obesity-public-pressure-on-government