At the moment, our government has banned fizzy drinks, sweets and other sugary foods from being sold in local authority-run schools (this rule doesn’t apply to free schools or academies). School canteens are not allowed to sell these foods and vending machines with sweets, chocolates and fizzy drinks are banned. However, it is each headteacher’s choice whether children can bring in sugary/fizzy drinks from home.
A survey done for the BBC shows that
- 66% of people want sugary/fizzy drinks banned in schools.
- 40% would be happy to pay tax on sugary/fizzy drinks.
- 59% think they would eat more healthily if sugary/fizzy drinks had health warning labels on them (like the warning labels on cigarettes).
Health Facts about Fizzy/Sugary Drinks
- Sugary/fizzy drinks have lots of sugar in them. Some fizzy drinks have the equivalent of 8 teaspoons of sugar in them. Too much sugar will damage your teeth (causing tooth decay) which is very painful and expensive to fix.
- Sugary/fizzy drinks are high in calories. Eating/drinking too many calories (plus other unhealthy foods and not exercising much) can make you fat, possibly leading to diabetes.
- Sugary/fizzy drinks have few nutrients in them, meaning they don’t help the body to stay healthy.