Am I being told that the major reason why cigarette smoking has dramatically fallen is thanks to someone writing on cigarette packs that it is injurious to health? Or because ugly pictures of smoked lungs and broken hearts were put up on there? See recommendation above if you believe that and dial mummy now.
Changing the carnal desires that drive high-calorie food-seeking behaviour through colours and letters is mere wishful thinking by the dreamers who desire an MBE for excellence in generating public health ideas. Nothing more. The public (read tax payer) who is sick and tired of seeing the person in front of them stacking up the shopping trolleys with adipotrophics (patented new word) lives in hope of regulation to sort out their fellow beings. Banning adverts of high energy food on television before 8.59 pm, preventing advertisement boards from being put up 299 feet from a school, rulings that no fast food joints should be erected within 299.9 feet from colleges, are all evidence of foolhardy recommendations that give the public false reassurances that "everything possible is being done" by the government. These kind of recommendations abound in the NHS as anyone familiar with the target culture is aware.
But something has to be done, I hear you grimace in frustration at my negative optimism. Yes, just because something needs to be done does not mean something ridiculous has to be done asap. But apparently that is not a sensible argument, judging from the seeming conviction about the efficacy of current strategies. Since when has speed cameras slowed vehicles down? Never in the history of mankind has a speed camera been effective in slowing anyone down. It was the court summons that did the job. Get my drift? Enough said.