Children Call For Ban On Fast Food Delivery In Schools To Address Obesity

Children are seeking to ban fast food deliveries to school in order to fight obesity, according to a new report. The report is called the Child's Obesity Strategy, published by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the Youth Health Movement, and Slimming World.

The report, according to The Guardian, was culled from a workshop and a survey about obesity. Initially, a workshop was done with 19 young people who were aged 13 to 19. Then, the ideas on how to deal with obesity from the workshop were used in a survey of 570 schoolchildren and more than 2,000 adults.

Results From The Obesity Survey

Web MD reported that 49 percent of young people said that fast food takeaway deliveries are most at fault for childhood obesity. A quarter of the young people were found to have ordered a fast food delivery to school, with more than half ordering through their smartphones.

According to the report, the RSPH said that banning fast food deliveries to schools is supported by parents and children alike. Three-quarters of parents and half of children in the United Kingdom are said to be in favor of this action to fight obesity.

Children And Obesity

"At my school we have several unhealthy takeaways within a few minutes' walk, a shop round the corner selling sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks and kids selling unhealthy food out of their school bags at break times," said Thomas Munnelly, as per i News. Munnelly, 16, contributed to the report on obesity.

"This report gives a uniquely young person's perspective on what steps can and should be taken, and while there is no silver bullet, young people are very clear what they think the causes of obesity are, and what action they would like to see from government and industry in particular," RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer was quoted as saying. The obesity report is said to be the first to take the opinions of young people regarding obesity.

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