Banning sugary or unhealthy foods for children?

Discuss the March 2016 Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin.

(Note, Carrie Rubin's previous book The Seneca Scourge was book of the month in December 2012. :) )
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Post by Mailis »

I think unnecessary and hidden sugars should be banned, there should be a middle road to take with the issue and first step could be legislation that encourages and helps manufacturers and sellers bring forward more healthy options, by giving tax breaks and demanding more transparency to the food preparing process.
After all even God has supposedly trusted people with their own free will. Just banning everything left and right is not always the most successful solution.
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Post by Molly May »

Gravy wrote: 03 Mar 2016, 15:17 I think banning them would make them more alluring, and could lead to even more problems, but I think it would be a large improvement if stores stopped inundating shoppers with unhealthy foods at checkouts.

That was never even brought up in the book.

Fast food joints, and convenience stores are problematic, but even pharmacies are sugar pushers when it comes to checkouts.
I completely agree with this!
Rather than banning, it is important to self-regulate and have an awareness of why it is important to cut down on sugary food. Just cutting it out because there is a rule against it, definitely makes it more attractive and encourages an "I want it but I can't have it" mentality. By not banning things, and choosing healthier options, this becomes "I can have it but I don't want it".

Super markets are irresponsible too by placing offers on sugary food, such as "buy one get one free" or "2 for £3". This makes people buy more than they need because they are getting a good deal. :cry:
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Post by Butterflybookworm »

I think there definitely needs to be more regulation as far as sugar and unhealthy food availability for kids. If you start eating sugary things when you're younger it's going to be a lifelong habit. If you eat healthier things when you're younger that could lead to a healthier longer life.
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Post by atonykamau »

I don't think there should be any need to ban sugary or unhealthy foods for children. I think that children should just be children and part of their childhood is eating sugary foods. The only thing we can do is regulate how much they take.
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Post by Clinical1 »

Banning substances has not always had an impact on the actual usage. Food choices need to be taught, not banned.
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Post by jvez »

I don't think banning will make much difference. Instead of teaching them what they shouldn't eat, children should trained what they need to eat.
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Post by kelvinmwaniki17 »

Although I think children should eat healthy food I don't think that banning sugary or unhealthy food will help. I think its ok to eat them but only in moderation.
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Post by Julie Green »

A ban would not feel right - where would it end? However, I do think it would be sensible to take steps to help avoid the obvious temptation eg sweet vending machines in schools.
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