Doctors express concern over school drinks machines

Doctors attending a British Medical Association conference are expected to debate proposals urging the government to ban schools from installing fizzy drink vending machines.

GPs are concerned that the machines encourage children to drink more carbonated soft drinks, which they believe is helping to fuel the current rise in childhood obesity. Studies also suggest that fizzy drinks disrupt concentration abilities in children and disturb sleeping patterns.

Dr Tom Yerburgh told BBC News Online: ‘I want the Department of Health to discuss the desirability of these machines with the Department for Education. Research has shown that fizzy drinks, particularly those with caffeine, can cause hyperactivity in children…I am concerned that having these machines in schools reinforces the view that fizzy drinks are ok.’

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