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David Cameron Urged To Stop Eating Hot Dogs In Public By US Doctors

23/05/2012 15:29 | Updated 23 May 2012

David Cameron has been criticised for eating too much junk food by an American medical association, who believe the PM is spotted all too often stuffing his face with hotdogs, fried food and other culinary sins.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) wrote to Number 10 on Wednesday, claiming that photo opportunities of the PM eating greasy grub are too common. They aren't just singling out Cameron for criticism though - letters have been sent to the White House asking Barack Obama to also think before he scoffs in public.

According to the PCRM: "The letter requesting a policy change argues that food-oriented photo ops featuring prominent leaders receive massive publicity, akin to product placement in movies, and drown out the government's health messages."

PCRM president Neal Barnard is quoted thus: "Cameron has backed a 'fat tax' on unhealthy foods to stem Britain's obesity crisis. So why is he setting a bad personal example by chowing down on junk food for the cameras?

"Hot dogs, sausage, and other unhealthful foods have already contributed to rising cancer rates in Britain. The prime minister is free to eat what he likes in private, but at orchestrated public events, our leaders are role models."

Well that's you told, Dave. And it's not as if there isn't the evidence to back them up...

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