'Ban food on trains to help obese kids lose weight' says top UK doctor

'Ban food on trains to help obese kids lose weight' says top UK doctor | @NickdMiller

11/10/2019 6:13:00 AM

'Ban food on trains to help obese kids lose weight' says top UK doctor | NickdMiller

The idea was welcomed as a necessary move to stop spreading waistlines in primary schools - but also criticised as silly, patronising nanny-stateism.

London:A venerable London tradition – a greasy kebab saved for consumption on the night bus or the last Tube train – could be under threat under a new proposal to ban eating and drinking on British public transport to help kids lose weight.The idea has been hailed as a brave idea to help tackle the spread of childhood obesity – but also criticised as a nanny-state overreaction.

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Britain’s chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, made the suggestion in her final report as the UK government’s most senior health adviser, published on Thursday.The number of obese and overweight children has risen sharply in the last 30 years, and junk food is to blame.

Credit:SHUTTERSTOCK“Today’s children are drowning in a flood of unhealthy food and drink options, compounded by insufficient opportunities for being active,” Davies said in her report titledTime to solve childhood obesity.AdvertisementShe said more exercise would not solve the problem – so governments needed to intervene by restricting the available of junk foods and making them more expensive.

Travels too well: a bucket of hot chips.In the UK more than a third of children in the last year of primary school are overweight or obese – with one in 25 classified as “severely obese”. This is more than twice the number as in 1990.The figures are comparable to Australia, where according to the latest official figures a quarter of 8-11 year olds are overweight or obese: 20 per cent of girls and 28 per cent of boys. Here too, prevalence of obesity has risen significantly since the 1990s.

Davies also pointed to soaring numbers of children in England and Wales with type 2 diabetes, from just 8 in 2000 to more than 700 in 2017.She recommended a suite of government policies, including a tax hike on soft drinks, plain packaging for sugary and fatty foods, a cap on calories and portion sizes in the food take-away and delivery industry, free water refills at all food retail sites and a ban on junk food ads at sporting events and online.

But the proposal that caught the most attention was to “prohibit eating and drinking on urban public transport, except fresh water, breastfeeding and for medical conditions”.“Cheap unhealthy food options now take centre stage in our lives and in our shops,” Davies wrote. “Shops and takeaways overwhelm us with large portion sizes, far exceeding those recommended. Unhealthy options dominate the checkouts. Planning frameworks make it very hard for local authorities to limit the growth of takeaway outlets, even in areas near schools.”

She told the BBC that Britain needed “to rebalance our society to a much healthier and health conscious society [where children] don’t see grazing as normal”. Read more: The Sydney Morning Herald »

NickdMiller Ban free thought so people only do what politicians, companies and academics think we should do. NickdMiller What about those that aspire to be sumo wrestlers? Is anyone taking them into consideration? NickdMiller I say BAN TRAINS ! NickdMiller How about get the kids outside and not sitting in front of computer games .....

NickdMiller Read: 'I don't like people eating on trains'. It's truly ridiculous to link the two. To tackle obesity, parents need to stop feeding their kids easy ready meals, processed foods and take aways, and spend 20 minutes less on facebook and instead prepare a real nutritious meal. NickdMiller Doctor doesn't understand why kids est more calories than their body uses

NickdMiller whats next, ban the trains so that they can walk instead? think its better to introduce a subject at school about life, health and well being. education101 auspol2019 NickdMiller Ban kids on trains to help obese kids lose weight. NickdMiller personal choice is going out the window bc lefties care too much!

'Ban food on trains to help obese kids lose weight' says top UK doctorThe idea was welcomed as a necessary move to stop spreading waistlines in primary schools - but also criticised as silly, patronising nanny-stateism. Can we have a heads up on when breathing is going to be banned? Huh? I support that. No food in trains in Singapore and guess what, they're much cleaner

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'Ban food on trains to help obese kids lose weight' says top UK doctorThe idea was welcomed as a necessary move to stop spreading waistlines in primary schools - but also criticised as silly, patronising nanny-stateism. Can we have a heads up on when breathing is going to be banned? Huh? I support that. No food in trains in Singapore and guess what, they're much cleaner