Government Should Not Tell Us What To Eat, Says Survey

27/12/2010 18:02 | Updated 22 May 2015

More than two-thirds of the population (69 per cent) say it's not the Government's job to tell us what we should and shouldn't eat.

And 40 per cent think it's mainly the responsibility of parents to teach children healthy eating habits.

The figures, from a YouGov online survey of more than 2,000 adults, were released just as a number of parents were expressing their outrage at receiving warnings from the NHS that their children were being branded 'overweight'.

The survey found that, while just over half of the population thinks that parents and schools should work together in educating children about healthy eating, only 31 per cent believed that schools should only provide healthy options. The majority (62 per cent) believe that a range of options should be offered.

The Government is proposing that food companies should fund its healthy lifestyle ad campaign, Change4Life, and in return it will not introduce legislation banning excessively unhealthy foods that contain high volumes of fat, sugar or salt.

The public is divided on this scheme, but the majority believe that food manufacturers should be made to reduce the fat or salt content in their products by government regulation.

What do you think?

Should the government be doing more to safeguard the health of our children?

Or is it interfering too much?

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