Es­to­nia pushed to ban low nu­tri­tional value prod­ucts from schools

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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.

Pan­therMe­dia/SCANPIX

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