Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he wanted councils to crack down on the use of vending machines that sell sugar-laden drinks. This is from the Daily Express…
His warning comes as new figures revealed there are almost 30,000 preventable deaths a year, many because of people being overweight.
But his plans were dismissed by critics who warned any ban would do little to solve the obesity crisis.
The British Soft Drinks Association said: “Obesity is a complex problem with many causal factors and it is unlikely a blanket ban on vending machines in schools is going to make much difference.”
It said educating children about diet and an active lifestyle was more important.
Official figures show that one child in 10 is obese by the time he or she starts school.
Three in 10 children aged two to 15 were classed as either overweight or obese.
Mr Hunt said 30,000 lives could be saved if Britain had the same record as Switzerland on tackling the causes of early death, which also include action on smoking and alcohol.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said the Government would fully support councils that bring in tough health measures that some critics have branded “nannying”.
State schools are already banned from selling fizzy drinks, as well as junk food, sweets and crisps, under guidelines introduced by Labour in 2007.
But academy schools and new free schools are not under local council control.
There seems to be confusion here as schools under local authority control are already banned from selling fizzy drinks. Academies and free schools are not covered because they are not under local authority control so it is not clear how anything would change here unless councils are given additional powers. However, what else would you like to see banned from schools? Let us know your suggestions on Twitter or in the comments below…