Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s vision to cut 5 billion calories from the UK diet has seen a backlash from food experts, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. He branded the proposals “worthless rubbish.”

The Conservatives’ campaign on calories comes after recent studies showed that a succession of initiatives to encourage the UK to exercise have fallen short, and that alcohol contributed to 10 per cent of our national calorie intake.

Andrew Lanlsey

Health secretary Andrew Lansley under fire for his plans to tackle UK obesity.

TV chef Oliver said on the Guardian website: “This whole strategy is just worthless, regurgitated, patronising rubbish.

“Any of us could walk into any primary school in the country and find plenty of eight-year-olds with more creative solutions to these problems. It’s a farce.”

Other critics were quick to dismiss the British government’s “national ambition” to urge people to eat less.

But what is the solution to the UK’s growing obesity problem?

Should restuarants and bars regulate our food and drink intake?

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