Dentists call for pudding and sweet soft drinks ban in schools

Puddings should be banned from school meals if the Scottish government wants children to be healthier, say dentists. The BBC reports

The Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow wants excess sugar to be cut from school dinners. It said that about a third of children suffer from dental decay, while three in 10 are overweight or obese.

The faculty wants to see puddings taken off school lunch menus and replaced with soup or fruit, and is opposed to the idea of including sugar-free drinks on the list of permitted drinks for secondary school.

Faculty Dean, Prof Graham Ogden, said: “We fully support the positive intention of these proposed regulations, but we feel that the Scottish government should take a bolder approach if it’s to ensure that our young people have the healthiest possible start in life.”

Prof Ogden added: “For example, we all agree that children should have greater access to more fruit and vegetables as part of their school day, but increasing access does not necessarily increase consumption.”

The faculty, which represents more than 1,000 dentists and trainees, has also called for action to ensure that all children and young people have access to facilities in schools to brush their teeth after meals.

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