Estonia pushed to ban low nutritional value products from schools
Food and drinks with a low nutritional value and rich in calories should not be sold in schools, sets forth a bill drafted by the Estonian Social Affairs Ministry and the Minister of Health and Labour.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports on Tuesday, June 27, citing the bill’s cover letter: «School and preschool are the ideal place to interfere with measures aimed at preventing obesity, with which children’s eating behaviour is influenced in order to change knowledge about and attitudes toward food and the availability of food and drink products».
The objective of the bill is to protect the health of minors and to rule out the sale of food not good for the health of minors in preschools and schools.
ERR cited a survey about the eating habits of the Estonian population showing that in 2014, 32 percent of boys and 30 percent of girls of ages 6-9 were overweight, while 34 and 35 percent of boys and girls aged 10-13 had excess weight.