Self-proclaimed diet guru Steve Miller said on Good Morning Britain that Great British Bake Off should come with a health warning as it advocates obesity. And GBBO fans are none too happy about it.
An anti-obesity campaigner, Miller said the beloved baking competition show encourages viewers to ‘run to the fridge and get the cake out’ and that a health warning such as ‘think before you slice’ should be implemented.
“But the problem is we have a massive obesity problem… I don’t want people to be fat,” Miller said.
“What I would like to see is a warning on the programme, even if it’s something like even if you’re fat think before you slice,” he added.
This has sparked outrage on Twitter from GBBO viewers with some calling Miller’s bold claims as ‘mad’ and ‘scare mongering.’
Good Morning Britain posed the question on Twitter ‘Is it time to ban Bake Off?’ and has received hundreds of responses – the majority of which appear to be adamant with keeping the show on air.
Ban Bake Off? For real? No, absolutely not. How about we stop scare mongering and promote the values of a well balanced diet. How about we just promote moderation in all things, that nothing is bad at all as long as we are sensible about it. How about we stop making life hard…
— Simon Rickards (@SiRickards) October 5, 2018
@GMB actually asking if Bake off should be banned?! Are they mad?! If we banned stuff because it's bad and we might be stupid enough do it, we'd have no food programmes/no dramas based on murder/kidnap etc. Next they'll be saying we may as well get rid of television!!!
— Alice Milligan (@Millibum91) October 5, 2018
What planet is that guy on? I’m all in favour of a cake but watching bake-off doesn’t make me rush to the kitchen to bury my face in a gateau just as watching breaking bad didn’t make me want to take crystal meths! Bore off & get a life man!
— Ruby Doo (@RoobyDooby2) October 5, 2018
No chance, Bake Off gives people a chance to try new things but they don't say you have to do it. Me & my 8 year old son absolutely love it. Plus they don't always do cakes, they do bread & pastry too.
— Kelly Smith (@kinysmith) October 5, 2018
No we shouldn't ban cookery programmes like bakeoff,it's all homemade with less additives unlike pre made or shop bought with preservatives in
— julie hooley (@jhooley) October 5, 2018
Ban bake off? Can’t you just use your spare time to, oh I don’t know, understand science and stop thinking sensationalism helps anybody but yourself?
— Gavin (@GavinDW79) October 5, 2018
In 2017, Great British Bake Off infamously moved from BBC to Channel 4. Swapping judge Mary Berry for Prue Leith and replacing hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins with Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig.
Despite the shake-up, the show continues to be a ratings success and series two of the Channel 4 version opened with over 6 million viewers.
Great British Bake Off continues Tuesdays at 8pm on Channel 4.