The campaign group Action on Sugar has called for the government to ban sharing bags of chocolate and candy. The group cites a study showing that around 20% of people eat the bags to themselves in one sitting and the number goes up to 32% for people aged under 24. They argue that the bags essentially prompt people to “eat far too much sugar and chocolate” and have previously argued for a 20% sugar tax and a ban on all price deals on confectionary goods.
One researcher said,
“Companies and supermarkets are constantly finding ways to push more sugary products - which are contributing to the high rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes and tooth decay in the UK.
“These types of price promotions encourage us to eat far too much sugar and calories and should be banned.
“It is time retailers are pressed to act responsibly and no longer profit at the expense of our health.”
The head of the organisation, Graham MacGregor, also had this to say.
“It's shocking that food companies are being allowed to exploit consumers, by manipulating them into purchasing larger size bags of chocolate confectionery on the cheap.
“Prime Minister Theresa May is letting companies get away with this despite pledging to help the socially deprived when she first became the Prime Minster.
“Companies must be held accountable and reminded to reconsider their ethical and corporate responsibility.”
The government, however, did not agree with the call for new legislation, and responded by pointing out that Theresa May’s government has already introduced a ban on advertising sugary goods during children’s TV shows. A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care told reporters,
“Current advertising restrictions in the UK on junk food are among the toughest in the world, including a ban on advertising junk food in children's media.
“Alongside this we are delivering the most ambitious childhood obesity plan in the world-taxing sugary drinks, funding further research and cutting sugar and calories in food before it hits shelves and plates.
“But it's very early days tackling a problem decades in the making, and we have not ruled out further action if the right results are not seen.”
At DigZoo we’re inclined to say that this is more than a little silly and that at some point you just have to take responsibility for your own fat ass. Diabetes and obesity are serious conditions but no one ever said that the choices we make as adults shouldn’t have serious consequences.
That’s what makes them choices.
Now excuse me while I go bathe in melted chocolate buttons.