The UK National Health Service wants to take a big step in the fight against obesity, so it has taken a decision meant to upset all kids and sweets fans. The hospital shops, cafes, and vending machines are no longer allowed to commercialize supersize chocolate bars. To motivate them to do it, the service will offer extra funding to those hospitals which respect the regulation.
Supersize chocolate bars are out from UK hospitals
Lately, there circulates a snack and sweets epidemic, promoting the sale and consumption of supersize chocolate bars and candy. This brings a great contribution to the increasing number of obese people, so big bags of candy must disappear from hospital shops. However, this is not the first time when someone is trying to promote such moves.
The biggest UK service which deals with retail within hospitals is the Royal Voluntary Service. This service has started cutting down on supersize chocolate bars earlier and, by doing so, it managed to increase the sale of fruits, salads and healthy foods by 55 percent. If hospitals apply this sale policy, they will have plenty of advantages, as they can get extra funding by reaching all the sale targets.
Promoting healthier foods can reduce the obesity epidemic
These new rules imply smaller quantities of sugar and calories in the sweets available for sale. From all the goodies available for sale, 80 percent of them need to contain 250 calories at most. Also, 80 percent of the sugary beverages need not exceed 5 g of extra sugar per 100 ml. Therefore, most supersize chocolate bars are out.
Extra sweet foods can lead to the development of many other health problems apart from obesity, so a better control over the sale of these products can reduce the numbers of many preventable diseases. The regulations want to promote healthier foods as a better option for patients and hospital staff, and improve the general health condition of the population.
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