Chief medical officer calls for government to ban eating on public transport

The fight against obesity

Following the news that a major new report has recommended that the government BAN eating on public transport, comedian Judy Love and ‘Queen Of Clean’ Aggie Mackenzie clashed on this morning’s Good Morning Britain (11.10.19) when discussing the subject.

The report warned that the drive to halve child obesity would not be met unless the government took the tough measures as well as extend its sugar tax.

And Aggie suggested that people should be ‘publicly shamed’ if they eat on public transport.

Professor Dame Sally Davies demanded tighter regulation of food companies seeking to manipulate youngsters.

She called for the sugar tax to include milk drinks full of added sugar, such as milkshakes, and for MPs to consider plain packaging for unhealthy food.

The report comes as one million children are now clinically obese, with Type 2 diabetes, asthma and musculoskeletal pain now increasingly common.

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Some 120,000 cases of asthma may be caused by obesity, the report said, while 650,000 are thought to have fatty liver disease.

The report puts it at odds with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has called tougher measures on food a ‘sin tax’ and ‘the continuing creep of the nanny state’.

Aggie believes people should be publicly shamed (Credit: ITV)

Joining hosts Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway in the studio was comedian Judy Love and ‘Queen of Clean’ Aggie Mackenzie, who believes people should be publicly shamed if they eat on public transport.

“I think eating on trains, especially when it’s hot food or smelly food, is an infringement on other people’s rights,” Aggie said.

Judy responded by saying: “If you don’t like the smell of the food on the train, then move. Sometimes there’s not enough time at home, and that little half an hour on a train might be the only time you can fit something in.”

“That’s the thing though,” argued back. “We’ve all got 24 hours in the day, so to resort to junk food on the hoof we’re sleepwalking into a national obesity epidemic.”

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Earlier this summer, This Morning host Phillip Schofield clashed with a guest over Cancer Research’s new hard-hitting, obesity-targeted adverts.

Phil and Holly hosted an obesity debate (Credit: ITV)

Discussing whether Cancer Research was right to compare obesity with smoking, the guest argued that it wasn’t.

Cancer Research UK’s latest ad shows a packet of cigarettes, however the brand name reads: “Obesity is a cause of cancer too.”

Along the bottom of the advert, it reads: “Like smoking, obesity puts millions of adults at a greater risk of cancer.”

Although hard-hitting, the campaign has been criticised by some for comparing smoking and obesity, with many claiming it’s wrong.

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