Outrage at comment about poor and fat

MPs have hit back after Health Minister and Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry suggested you can tell a person’s background from their weight.

The Tory MP’s comments were reported in a national newspaper as she referred to obesity in deprived areas as a ‘heartbreaking fact’ and identified junk food as part of the problem.

Lillian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham South, said: “These comments will be seen as insensitive, especially by people who are reliant on food banks to get by.

“Of course there is a known link between poverty and obesity. But this Government is making the problem worse by removing nutritional standards from our schools and failing to act on high salt and sugar levels.”