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Mayor considers banning fast food shops to tackle child obesity

London Mayor Boris Johnson is looking at plans to stop all fast food outlets from opening within 400 metres of schools.

Other measures that have been outlined in a report produced by a leading surgeon will also be considered by the Mayor in a bid to tackle child obesity levels.

As a third of 10-year-old children are either obese or overweight, the Mayor commissioned a report by Lord Darzi, a surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital and previously a Labour minister. The peer has led the study by the London Health Commission, gathering evidence from across London during the last year.

Among the proposals in the report is a requirement for chain restaurants to include a traffic light system on their menus, to indicate calorie warnings. The study also looked at which schools were promoting a healthy diet and which were performing the worst in this area.

According to excerpts seen by the London Evening Standard, the surgeon is calling for action to protect children from exposure to junk food and for more action to encourage kids to eat a healthy diet. In other parts of the UK, schools are already trying to motivate students to make nutritious food choices with the introduction of healthy tuckshop snacks. Tyne and Wear institutions are among those taking part in the initiative.

The report also indicates that London is among the worst cities in the world for rates of child obesity. Lord Darzi has a vision that the capital will become the “healthiest, slimmest and fittest city in the world”.

Posted by Mark
October 17, 2014

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