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IS Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health having a laugh? (Mail, April 7).

She said food packets should carry information on how much exercise is needed to burn off the calories consumed in the product.

Moreover, she said there is "little evidence" that traffic light labelling actually changes behaviour. I would agree that a lot of people find 'current front-of-pack information confusing.' Much more clarity is required but in an effort to cut down on calories two words spring to mind, habit and willpower.

Eating excessively has become a habit along with in-between meal time snacks and takeaways with most obese people . All it requires is willpower to go back to sensible eating and drinking.

In a personal view, published in the BMJ, Ms Cramer said food and drinks should be labelled with "activity equivalent" calorie information and added: "For example, the calories in a can of fizzy drink take a person of average age and weight about 26 minutes to walk off."

Who on earth is going to take notice of that? There is as much chance of that happening as I have of winning the European Lottery outright.

Mike Butler, Wylde Green

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Apr 14, 2016
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