Dairy - Tuck into sweet row

2nd October 2009 at 01:00

Amid the panic about childhood obesity, a group of children are petitioning the Scottish Government to overturn a ban on selling sweets in their tuck shop.

Denied the chance to enjoy a break-time Curly-Wurly, children from Knowetop Primary School in Motherwell have clubbed together to lobby MSPs to let them sell Fairtrade confectionery. Despite their admirable attempts at "bringing about change", council chiefs say that banning sweets is the only way to tackle the area's extreme child obesity rates - more than a third of youths are obese by the age of 15.

The pupils have branded the policy "very unfair" and have launched a petition that states: "We have been taught at school that sweets are a healthy part of a balanced diet and would like to be given the chance to develop a responsible attitude to this."

Let's hope they can apply themselves so diligently to tucking into sweets if they get their wish.

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