“..Plenty of research still needs to be done.
But if the current indications are correct Alzheimer’s disease could be another catastrophic impact of the junk food industry – and the worst discovered so far.
Our governments – as they are in the face of all our major crises – seem to be incapable of responding.
In this country as in many others the government’s answer to the multiple disasters caused by the consumption of too much sugar and fat is to call on both companies and consumers to regulate themselves.
Before he was replaced by someone even worse the former health secretary Andrew Lansley handed much of the responsibility for improving the nation’s diet to food and drink companies –
- a strategy that would work only if they volunteered to abandon much of their business.
A scarcely regulated food industry can engineer its products – loading them with fat, salt, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup –
- to bypass the neurological signals that would otherwise prompt people to stop eating.
It can bombard both adults and children with advertising.
It can (as we discovered yesterday) use the freedom granted to academy schools to sell the chocolate, sweets and fizzy drinks now banned from sale in maintained schools.
It can kill off the only effective system (the traffic-light label) for informing people how much fat, sugar and salt their food contains.
Then it can turn to the government and blame consumers for eating the products it sells.
This is class war – a war against the poor fought by the executive class in government and industry…”
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