Chief Medical Officer wants to ban eating on public transport

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Commuters from Stoke-on-Trent are up in arms after discovering that Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has suggested a ban on eating and drinking on public transport.

In her report titled “Time to Solve Childhood Obesity” Professor Dame Sally Davies recommends: “Prohibiting eating and drinking on urban public transport, except fresh water, breastfeeding and for medical conditions.”

Jordan Darby, a student in Stoke, said: “If it’s banned on public transport, it’s still going to happen at home.

“What are they going to do? Put up signs? People are still going to do it. It says ‘don’t put your feet up on the seats’ and people still do it.

“It’s not going to change anything, there’s not going to be any enforcement officers going around telling people not to eat. It’s just a waste of time really.”

Richard Holmes, a commuter from Uttoxeter, said: “I can see the principles of it. I can see why they want to put that move through and that legislation through but I don’t see how it will actually prevent childhood obesity.

“I don’t really see where any benefits are going to come from. I don’t think it’s necessarily enforceable.”

Matt Kelly, Recreation Steward at the Sir Stanley Matthews Sports Centre, said: “It’s not really going to do anything in my opinion. I think they just need to get kids outside and playing.

“It comes down from the parents and what they’re like. Now, there’s an abundance of food so it’s very easy to just buy it.”

In the report, Dame Sally Davies writes: “This report is aimed at politicians and policy makers, now and in the future.

“The Government ambition is to halve childhood obesity by 2030 – in England, we are nowhere near achieving this. Yet, if we are bold, we can achieve this goal.”

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