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Readers’ panel: Will tackling the ‘super-size snack culture’ in hospitals help combat obesity among nurses? 

To help reduce growing obesity levels and fight the 'super-size snack culture', NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens recently announced that a 250-calorie limit will be applied to sweets and chocolate sold in hospital canteens, shops and vending machines. Nursing Standard readers have their say.

To help reduce growing obesity levels and fight the 'super-size snack culture', NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens recently announced that a 250-calorie limit will be applied to sweets and chocolate sold in hospital canteens, shops and vending machines. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Liz Charalambous is a staff nurse and Phd student in Nottingham @lizcharalambou

There is no doubt that policy changes are needed to manage the growing obesity crisis, but as well as a top-down approach we need to think more creatively about why people are becoming obese. I would prefer more carrot and less stick to support healthy lifestyles, such as providing a range of attractive and competitively priced healthy options, ensuring staff have adequate rest breaks in comfortable environments, and a thoughtfully planned off-duty that would support staff in pursuing healthier lifestyles.

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