The NHS needs to play its part in the fight against obesity by…
Oh, this’ll be good… *popcorn*
… banning fast-food outlets such as McDonald’s and Burger King from hospitals, MPs have said.
OK. We’ll do that when the HoC catering service goes vegan and teetotal, yes? Lead by example.
In a report on the impact of physical activity and diet on health, the committee endorses the view of Prof Theresa Marteau, an expert in public health at Cambridge University, that hospitals are being negligent by allowing such firms to operate in places that promote good health.
Isn’t that negligence?
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and British Medical Association, both of which represent doctors, back a ban. Aseem Malhotra, a cardiologist who is a consultant clinical associate to the academy and also the science director of the campaign group Action on Sugar, said: “It is nothing short of obscene that the very institutions that are supposed to be setting an example of good health, our hospitals, have become a branding opportunity for the junk food industry.
“It is perhaps not surprising that 50% of the NHS 1.4 million employees are themselves overweight or obese. Banning the sale of junk food in hospitals is long overdue.”
Ah, Aseem Malhotra, we can trust him, he’s a doctor…
The report urges doctors, especially GPs, to use consultations to talk about patients’ weight, and calls for “a co-ordinated government-wide programme to tackle poor diet and physical inactivity”, led by the prime minister.
Coming soon: Calisthenics with David Cameron. Every Monday. On a TV set you can’t turn off…