NANNY state plans to ban all food and drink on trains and buses have been blasted.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies also wants to axe football match pies, and have plain packaging for biscuits, to try to tackle the nation’s fat epidemic.
Critics said the proposals were “the return to rationing in peacetime”.
In her final report, the outgoing Chief Medical Officer warns we are “nowhere near” solving childhood obesity.
One in three primary school kids are dangerously fat, double 30 years ago.
Dame Sally said ministers have a “moral responsibility” to extend the sugar tax to cover milkshakes and coffees.
Other recommendations include:
- Overhaul VAT so all unhealthy food is covered and use cash to make fruit and veg cheaper;
- Only offer water or milk as a drink to kids at nursery or school;
- End marketing and sale of junk food at major sporting events and concerts, and;
- Limit size of all restaurant and takeaway meals.
Dame Sally has also told ministers to ban eating and drinking, apart from water, on buses and trains to discourage snacking.
She said it leads to “mindless consumption” and triggers others to scoff more.
Critics accused her of championing the “silliest extremes of the nanny state”.
Her proposals put her on a collision course with Boris Johnson who is opposed to “sin tax” levies on items high in salt, fat and sugar.
Speaking to The Sun she said we are now in the “last chance saloon” and ministers would be failing kids unless they took “bold action”.
Thirst for bans
By Christopher Snowdon, from the Institute of Economic Affairs
IN her time as Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally has become a champion for the silliest extremes of the nanny state.
Her thirst for taxing things is only exceeded by her thirst for bans.
We can only hope that her successor focuses on serious public health issues, such as tackling the growing measles epidemic, rather than regulating the size of pizzas.
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The report warns there are 1.2million obese children in England, leading to 120,000 youngsters with asthma and 650,000 kids with fatty liver disease.
Matt Kilcoyne, of the Adam Smith Institute, said ministers should “reject the return to rationing in peacetime”.
He added: “No more chocolate bars on long train journeys, beer at the rugby and a cap on servings in cafes that’ll spell the end of the good old British scone and clotted cream.”
Dame Sally’s nanny state proposals could see chocolate, biscuits and crisps sold in plain packaging – just like cigarettes[/caption]
She also wants to ban eating and drinking on buses and trains in a bid to discourage snacking[/caption]
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