MSP calls for end to school fast food vans

Brian Whittle says its time for fast food vand to disappear from school gates.
Brian Whittle says its time for fast food vand to disappear from school gates.

It’s time for an end to pupils leaving school at lunchtime to buy fast food, according to Brian Whittle MSP.

The former Olympic athlete turned MSP is calling for new restrictions on fast food vans trading near schools as a way of improving pupils’ diets.

The ideas are contained in a discussion document which includes a number of recommendations aimed at improving the health of our young people and tackling Scotland’s growing obesity crisis.

The MSP’s ideas come in response to warnings from health groups that high levels of smoking and obesity mean Scotland now has the highest levels of preventable cancer cases anywhere in the UK.

Mr Whittle said: “Around a quarter of children starting school in Scotland are at risk of being overweight or obese – that’s a record high – and the problem is at its worst in poorer communities. If you are obese as a child, you are five times more likely to be obese in adulthood, which only serves to increase the risk of a ‘timebomb’ that could overwhelm the NHS in a few years.

“That’s why we need to take radical action now to improve the health of the next generation. Schools should be a place where we can normalise the idea of eating a healthy diet and being more active.”