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Doctors urge for fast food outlets to be banned from opening near schools

23rd April 2018

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has urged the government to ban fast food outlets from opening near schools as part of its childhood obesity strategy that is due to be updated and published this summer.

Prof Russell Viner, president of the college, said ministers should “take a leap of faith” and introduce the measures to make it easier for councils to keep junk food away from students.
“Kids are coming out of school hungry and finding themselves surrounded by cheap chicken shops, chip shops and other types of junk food. This just wasn’t the case 20 or 30 years ago. People tend to eat what’s in front of them and we need to make it easier for children to make the right choices.”

Almost a third of children aged 2-15 are overweight or obese, with younger generations becoming obese at earlier ages and staying that way for longer.
The Royal College also proposed a national programme to weigh and measure children from birth through to their teenage years. Viner said “We need to be prepared to have difficult conversations and to make every contact [with health services] count in the fight against obesity,”

The Commons Health and Social Care Committee will open hearings for an inquiry on childhood obesity in May this year, and they will be examining areas where they need to take action.

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