Bulgaria Govt Bans Crisps, Soft Drinks from Schools

by VR Sreeraman on  August 21, 2009 at 5:56 PM Obesity News   - G J E 4
The Bulgarian government on Thursday banned potato crisps, soft drinks, instant soups and high sugar-content cakes from school canteens to fight obesity.

The regulations will come into effect when the new school year starts on September 15, the health ministry said in a statement.
 Bulgaria Govt Bans Crisps, Soft Drinks from Schools
Bulgaria Govt Bans Crisps, Soft Drinks from Schools

Ministry expert Masha Gavrailova recommended that schools start offering healthier foods such as mineral water, fruit and vegetable juices, herbal teas, wholegrain bread and pasta, fish and lean meat.

A 2008 study on Bulgarian first-grade children showed that 30 percent were overweight and 13 percent obese, the ministry said.

Compared to a 2004 study, obesity rates among children had more than doubled, it added, highlighting the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Source: AFP

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