Health: Obesity

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 am on 29th November 2007.

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Photo of Baroness Gardner of Parkes Baroness Gardner of Parkes Conservative 11:15 am, 29th November 2007

My Lords, I speak as a member of the All-Party Group on Obesity. Why is it that in central London you can hardly find a thinly-sliced or medium-sliced loaf of bread to buy, and any sandwich you buy in any supermarket is now made with thick bread? While the House of Lords continues to use medium-sliced—and very nice—bread in its sandwiches, even the House of Commons has moved to thick bread. Surely at a time when we want to reduce people's consumption, there should be more pressure from the Food Standards Agency, or one of the many departments the Minister speaks about, to take us back to normal-sized bread instead of these super-sized sandwiches.

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Simon Birkett
Posted on 1 Dec 2007 5:04 am (Report this annotation)

Dear Baroness Gardner

Your work on the All-Party Group on Obesity is much to be admired.

A doctor told me once that he thought there was a high correlation between Body Mass Index and age of death. The facts must be easy to establish.

If this thesis is true, might it be a good idea to publish widely a graph showing the correlation so that people have a better understanding of the serious risks they may be facing?

Yours sincerely

Simon Birkett