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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  • 21/07/2010: Hotdog With Bloomberg

    Calories 242 Calories from Fat 129 Total Fat 14.5g

  • 21/10/2010: Better...

    A healthy school lunch with spuds and broccoli... but is it the kids setting the example or the PM?!

  • 10/06/2011 - Caught Salty-Handed

    132kcal in a bag of Walkers Crisps.

  • 03/07/2006: Cheese Tasting

    Not bad in moderation, but at 3.5g of fat in a slice of cheddar it's not great, either.

  • 01/12/2006: Pork Pie

    350 calories and a whopping 30g in fat in each pork pie. Hope you only had a slice.

  • 16/04/2008: Jellied Eel

    Only 28 calories in an average serving, which isn't bad. Unfortunately suffers from the drawback of being jellied eel.

  • 27/04/2010: Unidentifiable substance

    We have no idea what this is - could be cheese, could be a biscuit.

  • 04/05/2010: Cod and Chips

    Caught red-handed in Cumbria! 600 calories... minimum.

  • 14/05/2010: A grape

    No harm there.. but those sandwiches will be filled with liquid fat, or to give it its scientific term, Mayonnaise.

  • 11/06/2010: Full English!

    Tut tut, it's alright for those soldiers, they're off to liberate Afghanistan. Black pudding, bacon, hash browns. You're talking 750 calories on that plate, surely.