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Call for junk food ban in hospitals

Publié par Clifford Armion le 27/06/2013

Denis Campbell

Britain's doctors are demanding that hospitals stop the sale of burgers, cookies and sugary drinks on their premises and have condemned the NHS for inadvertently fuelling the obesity crisis.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, which represents the UK's 220,000 doctors professionally, is urging hospitals to put public health ahead of profit by no longer having vending machines containing sweets, chocolate, crisps and other fattening foods.
The academy is backing a call by campaigning cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, which will be debated today at the British Medical Association's annual conference, for a total ban on junk food in hospitals. Writing in Thursday's British Medical Journal, Malhotra argues: "It is obscene that many hospitals continue to have high-street fast food franchises on site, as well as corridors littered with vending machines selling junk food. Such practice legitimises the acceptability and consumption of such food in the daily diet."
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"Call for junk food ban in hospitals", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), juin 2013. Consulté le 04/03/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/call-for-junk-food-ban-in-hospitals