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UK outlaws junk food

In a new initiative, Govt advisers recommended that chocolates, sweets and fizzy drinks should be outlawed from all school, writes Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 02:30 IST
Vijay Dutt

In a new initiative, government advisers recommended on Thursday that chocolates, sweets and fizzy drinks should be outlawed from all school tuck shops and vending machines. Schools will be banned from selling junk food like nuts, crisps and chocolates and colas. Children will be allowed to take milk, yoghurt drinks and low-calorie chocolates.

A survey this week showed obesity in Britain has risen to affect one in seven children, with junk food mainly to blame. The rise in the number of adults suffering from diabetes and blood pressure too resulted from bad food habits, it said.

The latest sales figures show a dramatic slump of sales at Britvic, the soft drinks company. Amid growing concern about obesity, the market research firm AC Nielsen's barcode data from 83,000 shops revealed sales of crisps, chocolate, fizzy drinks and other treat products are haemorrhaging.

First Published: Mar 04, 2006 02:30 IST