Just over 53 per cent of respondents in the latest Herald DigiPoll survey say selling unhealthy food in school tuck shops should be banned because of the growing obesity problem.
Forty-four per cent are opposed to such a measure believing children should receive more education on healthy eating instead.
Support for a junk food ban is much higher among women respondents at 58 per cent (compared to 48 per cent of men).
How best to combat childhood obesity has been fiercely debated recently after the Government released its plan to tackle childhood obesity.
While the Education Review Office will survey schools to find out which ones had a particular issue with unhealthy food being sold – Health Minister Jonathan Coleman decided against a total ban on unhealthy food.
He did not believe the Herald DigiPoll survey result showed the public believed his plan was too soft on tuck shops.
(ed:..this guy coleman is the minister of health..and is a doctor…he should be called the minister of ill-health..
..and what happened to his hippocratic-oath..?..where he promised to do no harm..?
..his time as minister is a litany of ‘doing harm’..
..with this just the latest example..)