Public on fence over Change4Life plans

The public is split on Government plans to make brands fund anti-obesity campaigns.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced earlier the month that the food and drink industries would be asked to help pay for the Change4Life anti-obesity initiative in exchange for no new regulation on unhealthy foods.

A YouGov survey found that 42% of the public supported the proposal, while 44% opposed the plan.

However, the majority (69%) of respondents agree that the government should introduce regulation to make food manufacturers reduce the fat or salt content in their products.

Almost half (52%) disagree with the idea of implementing a “food tax”, similar to the additional duty added to alcohol and tobacco with 41% in agreement.

Lansley has also said that responsibility for public health should not rest completely with government.

The survey found that 69% feel that the government should not be solely responsible for telling the public what they should and should not eat.

Two-fifths (40%) think parents should take responsibility for teaching children healthy eating habits.

YouGov polled 2,019 adults between 8 and 9 July.

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