Thursday, January 5, 2006

Chocolate Oranges make Brits Fat

Sometimes Americans think that we invented politicians that say bizarre things and create tempests in teapots. How could The Daily Show with Jon Stewart be so popular without them?

Well, the UK has their share and this week they’ve intersected with the CandyBlog world.

David Cameron, the Conservative leader in London said that retailers with their king sized candies and impulse purchases at the checkout are one of the causes of Brit’s obesity. He singled out WHSmith, ““Why? As Britain faces an obesity crisis, why does WHSmith promote half-price chocolate oranges at its check-outs instead of real oranges?”

Really? Half-priced chocolate oranges are the problem?

And it’s WHSmith’s responsibility to fix the diets of Brits? They’re not even a grocer! The store’s response, “We sell a wide range of products. Customers could buy chocolate or healthier alternatives such as cereal bars or fruit and nuts. Oranges are not that easy and our customers don’t want them, but they might want chocolate oranges. They were very popular in the run-up to Christmas.”

More reading on the subject:
Telegraph: Stores hit back at Cameron’s chocolate slur
Financial Times: Cameron takes aim at chocolate orange
Wikipedia: Biography of David Cameron
WHSmith homepage
Slashfood: Obesity all the fault of cut-price chocolate oranges

And finally, if it makes any difference at all, the Google ads next to the article on the Telegraph were all for fruit.

POSTED BY Cybele AT 2:59 pm Tracker Pixel for Entry     News

Comments
  1. As a manager of a WHS store I can tell you the reason why we offer chocolate… because healthy alternatives DO NOT SELL!

    We always get people saying “why not offer something healthier” so we did last year, cereal bars… they sold less than a quarter of what chocolate does. People like eating chocolate and stuff that is bad for them because IT TASTES GOOD.

    Why else are McDonald’s in business?

    Comment by Mr. B. on 2/17/06 at 4:20 pm #
  2. Umm, I’m sorry WHS was singled out, but it doesn’t seem bizarre to say that king-sized chocolates play a role in obesity.

    Comment by Adularia on 7/16/07 at 7:21 pm #

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