Lifestyle Economics

Calorie labelling plan is not wholly objectionable but it is economically inefficient

Christopher Snowdon writes for City A.M.

In an article for City AM, IEA Head of Lifestyle Economics Christopher Snowdon argues that while many of Boris Johnson’s new anti-obesity measures- such as banning food advertising- are unacceptable intrusions, not all are measures are wholly objectionable.

He writes: “Most packaged food in Britain is labelled with calorie information as a result of a voluntary agreement with the food industry. The government now wants to extend this to alcoholic beverages and the out-of-home food sector. In principle, there is nothing wrong with this.”

Nevertheless, Christopher argues, labelling is unlikely to be a solution to obesity. Read the article in full here.