Councils are being urged to toughen up their rules on fast food outlets, after a study showing most schools are less than a kilometre from unhealthy food shops.
The Auckland University study – published today in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine – mapped nearly every school in the country in 2014 and their proximity to takeaways and dairies.
It showed some schools were surrounded by dozens of unhealthy food outlets, and the shops tended to be closer to poorer schools than wealthier ones. . .
Country schools are usually many kilometres away from any sort of shop but the proximity of food shops to town schools doesn’t surprise me.
There was a grocers and fish and chip shop directly opposite my primary school and a couple more about half way on the mile walk home.
Whether or not there are more outlets, one thing that must have changed is children’s ability to buy food.
When I was at school no-one had much money and the little we had was usually saved for something special.
We all had breakfast before we got to school and had packed lunches to eat while there too.
So where are the children getting the money from and do they have breakfast at home and food from there for lunch?
If being given money instead of food and not being fed well is the problem, banning outlets isn’t going to solve it because children will find a way around the ban.