Earlier in the week we reported a disappointing leaflet being sent home from schools in England and Wales encouraging parents to switch to lower fat foods. All is not gloomy, however, as the BBC is reporting a Member of Parliament who is asking all schools in his Leicester consistency to ban sugar in its meals and vending machines…
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz has written to the city council asking it to become the first in the country to run sugar-free canteens.
Mr Vaz said: “I think it is very important people understand that sugar is not good for their health.”
…Mr Vaz, a Labour MP and chairman of the Home Affairs committee, said: “We have sugar available quite freely in drinks and food in our schools and with the obesity rates that we have got it is very important that we act immediately.
“In the average vending machine, you will see hundreds of teaspoons of sugar masquerading as cans of drinks and sweets.”
Mr Vaz, who has diabetes, said it made “economic sense” to ban sugar as it would “save a lot of money” treating people with obesity and type two diabetes…
Mr Vaz asked David Cameron during Prime Minister’s questions earlier in January to join him in the “war on sugar” by giving up sugar and sugary drinks for one day.
Mr Cameron said he would accept the challenge, adding: “If I possibly can”.