Here are some eyebrow-raising quotes from the Financial Times on 28 October:
- It's five years since 'the ranks of the obese overtook the number of malnourished in the world'.
- 'The global bill for type 2 diabetes alone … will, on some estimates, approach an annual $500bn by 2030.'
- 'Unlike tobacco, moderate consumption of food and drink is not only harmless, but also necessary.'
- '60% of the world's nations have an economic output lower than the annual turnover of the top five food and beverage companies.'
- 'Producers are themselves removing fats, sugars and salt by the truckload.'
- Denmark, which recently 'imposed the world's first fat tax … highlighted something of an anomaly'. It 'also produces relatively slim people' … with obesity 'lower than the European average'.
- 'Denmark's favourite television nutritionist offers an attractively simple alternative: why not just drop value-added tax on healthy food instead?'.
Richard Hall is chairman of Zenith International. You can also read his blog at BevBlog.
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