Put that snack away: childhood obesity and the case for banning food on public transport

The idea of outlawing train picnics sounds extreme, but there’s wisdom in it
illustration shows a road that forks, with sign pointing left showing obese people, sign on right showing people of healthy weight

The idea of outlawing train picnics sounds extreme, but there’s wisdom in it

‘Put the Kit Kat on the ground! Step away with your hands up!’

You gaze down the barrel of a banana, and you know it’s a fair cop. You’ve been caught snacking on the bus and you are guilty as charged.

Having something to nibble is culturally ingrained

When I first heard the suggestion of retiring chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies, that we should ban eating and drinking on public transport, I confess I laughed – I wasn’t sure if she was making an extreme statement just to make a point.

Not taking a drink and something


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