Should Corporations Nudge Consumers into Health?

According to the Guardian, the UK government’s public health partnerships with junk food and alcohol companies have come under attack from two of its own advisers on obesity.

In a recent article in the British Medical Journal, Professors Tim Lang and Geof Rayner, who sit on the government’s advisory committee on obesity, write these partnerships risk being a “smokescreen” for “publicly endorsed marketing.” They warn that the strategy could become “collusion between the state and corporations to hoodwink consumers. At least nannies are overt.”