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04 April 2014 - BBC This Week: Debating Rachel Johnson's film on healthy eating

In the BBC's political review This Week (03/04/14) Andrew Neil, Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo debate Rachel Johnson's film on healthy eating, and what limits or bans could, or could not work, over ready meals and foods with high level of sugar.


This topic will be discussed FAB's July Conference, where Professor Robert Lustig will outline the evidence for his claim that sugar is addictive, and toxic in excess.  If he is right, this would help not only to explain the current epidemic of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other degenerative physical health disorders, but also to give us new and important insights into a wide range of mental health disorders.  These have already overtaken physical health disorders in terms of their cost burden in developed countries, with potentially devastating consequences if their increase continues unchecked.  

More information about this conference can be found on our events page.

Rachel Johnson (sister of Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and former editor of The Lady) told the panel: "This is poisoning all of us, it's a bloody healthy [sic] timebomb, excuse my language, and we're all going to pay for it".  The complete episode of This Week is available on BBC iPlayer until April 2015 (UK only).