On Thursday 23rd June 2016, some newspapers reported that “one in four children have ordered a takeaway to be delivered to their school”. The source of the newspaper articles was a press release by the Royal Society of Public Health. The survey size was 570 children aged between 13 and 18 – 25% of whom had apparently ordered a takeaway to be delivered to school – mostly using smart phones. The Press release reported: ”Almost half of young people (49%) blame fast food takeaways as the companies or brands most at fault for childhood obesity”, which I must admit, I couldn’t find evidence for in the full report (available on the press release page). I attack unhealthy food organisations as much as anyone, but I do also consistently say that I don’t believe it is the responsibility of the fake food industry to resolve the obesity epidemic. It is their responsibility to maximise profits for shareholders and to be a good employer and that’s it.
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