Growing support for ban on unhealthy foods in school vending machines

Growing support for ban on unhealthy foods in school vending machines

There is growing support for unhealthy foods to be banned from vending machines in schools.

It follows a recommendation in a Government report on the future health of our children.

Vicki Mooney is a patient advocate for the European Association for the Study of Obesity - she says it is a step in the right direction.

She said: "We have approximately 80,000 primary age kids in Ireland who unfortunately suffer with obesity.

Of them, about 75% experience bullying and unfortunately what comes along with that is binge eating as a coping mechanism.

"So introducing a healthier approach in the education system surrounded by other tools is fantastic."

- Digital Desk

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