Recession to the rescue

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"Tell people that biology and the environment cause obesity and they are offered the one thing we have to avoid: an excuse," said Tory shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley last summer. "We have to take away the excuses." Having a job is probably one of those excuses too.

"Interestingly, on many counts, recession can be good for us," Lansley wrote in November. "People tend to smoke less, drink less alcohol, eat less rich food and spend more time at home with their families."

His insight appeared on his blog, but was removed swiftly. A David Cameron induced apology was swiftly forthcoming.