• News Feeds
Page last updated at 07:50 GMT, Thursday, 8 July 2010 08:50 UK

Call to end obesity 'blame game'

Advertisement

The government is to stop funding the £75m Change4Life advertising campaign aimed at tackling obesity.

The decision comes as an Office of National Statistics report suggested that the number of people classified as obese had risen from a sixth to a quarter.

Tam Fry, a board member at the National Obesity Forum, told the Today programme that the move was a mistake.

"The government is saying to industry, 'if you give us money to run our campaigns, we will take away the threat of regulation or legislation,' which is very much needed in this country," he said.

But Ian Barber, of Business 4 Life, welcomed the decision, saying it was time the issue was tackled through "people choosing what's best for them, rather than dictating to them what's best for them".

"Business can be part of solving this problem, rather than being stigmatised as the sole cause of it," he added.


Get in touch with Today via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.

SEE ALSO

Story Tools

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific