Pizzas will have to shrink or lose their toppings under Government plans to cap calories in our favourite treats in an obesity crackdown.
Drastic proposals from Public Health England state pizzas should contain no more than 928 calories and pies should be at most 695.
The guidelines will also apply to ready meals, sandwiches, cooking sauces, soups, burgers and processed meats - but those calorie counts have yet to be revealed...
It comes after figures yesterday revealed English children are fatter than ever as a record number of 10 to 11-year-olds are now severely obese - around 24,000...
Health experts described the rise in childhood obesity as a ‘catastrophe’.
The proportion of 10 and 11-year-olds who are overweight or obese has grown to 34.3 per cent – 197,888 children – compared with 31.6 per cent in 2016/17.
Because of our daily involvement with the grandkids and their schooling, we have seen many hundreds of children over the past few years. Simple observation suggests that the vast majority do not have a weight problem - certainly nowhere near the 31.6 percent being reported. Parents perhaps, especially mothers, but not their kids.
Of course there is the issue of standards - the question of how 'overweight' and 'obese' are measured and against what baseline. Even so a suspicion remains that the underlying idea is to make this into a whole population issue, to make it as big as possible simply because this is what bureaucracies do. This doesn't mean it isn't an issue but observation suggests it is not as big as claimed. But are they ever?