School junk food Bill

8th July 2005 at 01:00

The most radical schools anti-obesity law in America to date - outlawing soft drinks and fatty snacks from all Connecticut schools - was vetoed by the state governor last month amid stiff lobbying from beverage and food manufacturers.

The so-called "school junk food Bill", approved by both houses of Connecticut's legislature, went beyond existing measures in other states like California and Arizona banning sugary drinks and snacks from primary and middle schools but drew the line at secondaries - a coveted market for firms eyeing vending machine sales.

But Connecticut governor M Jodi Rell exercised her right of veto, saying the Bill would "usurp" education authority control and "undermine parents'

control and responsibility" and that the 100 additional minutes of weekly physical education it called for would eat into lesson time.

She called for alternative approaches to addressing spiralling school-age obesity, including health education for parents and students.

Leadership 26

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today