Monday 18 November 2019

Sweet-free Tesco tills to help in battle with obesity

Heidi Farrell (3) and Callum Farrell (5) as Tesco introduces sweet free checkouts in all 148 Tesco stores in Ireland.
Heidi Farrell (3) and Callum Farrell (5) as Tesco introduces sweet free checkouts in all 148 Tesco stores in Ireland.

Emma Jane Hade

Experts have said that the introduction of a 'sweet-free' checkout in one of the country's largest retailers is a positive move in Ireland's battle on childhood obesity.

Tesco will this month remove sweet and chocolate products from the checkouts in all of their 148 stores around the country. And Professor Donal O'Shea describes this as a "really positive development" which will be "a part of the solution".

"It will help making the healthy choices easier," said Professor O'Shea, who is the head of the obesity management clinic in St Columcille's Hospital, Loughlinstown, Co Dublin.

Tesco will be among the first retailers to make this move here and they said it is part of their plan "to support a healthier Ireland".

"It's a small but very important acknowledgement of the role of industry in helping solve our obesity crisis," Prof O'Shea added.

He said he would like all supermarkets to implement the same policy.

Irish Independent

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