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Derbyshire food outlets could face health rating to tackle child obesity

As issues with children’s weight have arisen, takeaways and restaurants in Derby could face new measures as part of an initiative to tackle the problem.

Radical proposals have been discussed in a bid to tackle the child obesity levels in the city, which are above the national average.

Just under a quarter of children aged four and five years old are classed as obese, more than the national average of 22.2%. A list of proposals include restricting the opening times of takeaways that are close to schools, improving the quality of meals available at learning centres, and introducing a policy to ensure that children stay on school grounds at lunchtime.

In addition to these plans, the council is considering a system that would determine the health rating for food at local outlets in the city.

Existing teams from the council already visit stores that sell food and rate them for hygiene. However, the same system could be introduced to rate the health factor of a meal, including whether a more nutritious option would be available or a healthier cooking method could be used.

Ranjit Banwait, the chairman of Derby’s health and wellbeing board, as well as the council leader, added that large outlets like McDonalds were already adding healthier options to their menus, realising that some customers want a nutritious option.

Many schools are also tackling the obesity problem, with some introducing healthy tuckshop food. Some Merseyside schools are incorporating the use of nutritious tuckshops with students learning how to run their own business.

Posted by Jennifer
November 14, 2014

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