Great study, and underscores clinical intuition about why kids are
more obese these days. Wearing my hat of school governor, I've been
trying to introduce a healthy eating policy to our local school. It was
relatively easy to get the catering contract changed to a company that
guarantee to use fresh veg, low salt, less fat etc, but it was much more
difficult to influence the policy on soft drinks machines. Reason - the
latter are a critical source of income for a cash-strapped school that has
seen its budget squeezed in real terms year on year. Sales from vending
machines are now used to pay for books and equipment - and I suspect it
won't be long before the school advertises for a 'Coca-Cola head of
chemistry' or a 'Fanta French teacher'.
Perhaps it's time the BMJ launched a new journal: 'Sugar Control'?
Competing interests: No competing interests