British Chief Medical Officer calls for ban on food on public transport to stop children snacking

epa06727925 A London bus carries a drink advert in Oxford Street tube station in London, Britain, 11 May 2018. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced that junk food adverts could be banned across the entire Transport for London (TfL) network. Overground, buses and bus shelters. EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

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Eating on public transport should be banned and the sugar tax extended, or the Government will fail to meet its target to halve childhood obesity, a major new report says.

Professor Dame Sally Davies, the outgoing Chief Medical Officer for England, used her final report to demand bolder action from ministers, including stricter regulation of food companies that seek to manipulate children.

She called for the successful tax on sugary drinks to be extended to milk drinks that contain added sugar, such as milkshakes, and for ministers to consider plain packaging for unhealthy food.

And she said more must be done to stop youngsters being “dazzled by companies” offering junk food, saying children are “drowning in a flood of unhealthy food and drink options”.

Her report puts her at odds with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has made clear his concerns over “sin taxes” such as the sugar tax, and what he sees as “the continuing creep of the nanny state”.


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