Friday 20 April 2018

Sinead Moriarty: We send our children to school for an education – not for fast food

Fast-food and sugar-sweetened beverage cues were observed in high proportion in tween programming.
Fast-food and sugar-sweetened beverage cues were observed in high proportion in tween programming.

Let's be honest here, if there had been a McDonald's or KFC beside your school growing up, wouldn't you have been tempted to pop in on a regular basis? A Big Mac after rugby or hockey practice would have seemed like a very attractive proposition.

Our children are no different, in fact their temptations are probably higher because they are a lot more used to fast food. They've seen and tasted a wider variety of fast food then their parents ever did, and they like it.

But with statistics repeatedly showing us the dangers posed by fast food to our children's health, surely we can all agree that opening a fast-food restaurant beside a school is a bad idea?

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