The country's bill of health is shocking, and it's not going to get any better over the next 30 years if a clearly-defined plan isn't put into place soon. We simply can't afford the financial or health costs of doing nothing.
But Professor Philip James, of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, said it was a "stupid" and "pathetic" response to the problem.
"It is not simply a question of personal responsibility. There is an environmental problem in terms of the food system we have."
He went on to say that the junk food industry "manipulated" individuals into consuming their products and that was why legislation was needed.
One half of the obesity crisis is calorie dense food. Calorie dense food is food that contains high levels of fat and sugar. Fat and sugar have been commoditised by the food industry, and are now sourced from wherever is cheapest on the day. So what was already cheap is getting relatively cheaper all the time.
It looks like all the warnings about kids being overweight might be paying off, as a group of experts reckons the rate of child obesity is slowing.
The National Heart Forum found evidence that far fewer of you will be badly overweight by 2020 than people previously thought.
Despite the government ignoring the anti-obesity lobby's urgent suggestions for traffic light labelling on food and suchlike, the latest figures show that obesity amongst men has fallen to 22% and the female obesity rate has fallen to 24%.