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Senator turns anti-obesity crusade to school vending machines

Catherine Noone is worried about rising obesity levels among young people.

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FINE GAEL SENATOR Catherine Noone has called on the Department of Education to consider rules regarding the installation and supply of vending machines in schools.

Noone said “a code of conduct governing these machines” is necessary.

“Many of these machines are supplying chocolate and soft drinks which are high in sugar, fat and caffeine. There is no emphasis on healthy eating.

This problem comes against a backdrop of childhood obesity increasing at a dramatic rate and it is clear that action needs to be taken. Unhealthy foods are within arm’s reach for the entire school day for children in many schools, and this should change.

“Some schools have codes of conduct regarding what can be supplied in them, but a great many don’t. This must change.

Fine Gael Selection Conventions Catherine Noone Source: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

“I believe these guidelines should govern the number of vending machines, and the type of things which are allowed be sold in them. It’s clear that non-binding guidelines and self-regulation isn’t working, and now it’s time to take action.”

Noone has a particular interest in this area – she has previously called for ice-cream van chimes to be regulateda ban on Frappucinos and a lifting of rules that stop children running in the school yard.

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