NEW DELHI: Delhi Government has directed schools in the national capital to consider banning sale of food items which are high in fat, sugar and salt content from their canteens and sensitize students about their ill effects. “All the heads of government and private schools are directed to sensitize the students and parents about ill effects of edible products high in Fat, Sugar and Salt (HFSS) through morning assembly, teacher interactive period and parent- teacher meetings,” the Directorate of Education (DoE) said in a circular sent to schools. “The schools may also consider banning the sale of such products from school canteen. Also ensure that the cafeteria sells fresh and healthy items which are low in fat,” he added.
Adverse effects of high in fat, sugar and salt food
The order also details the adverse effects of each of the constituents of HFSS, as prescribed by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Some of the suggestions by the government for sensitizing the students include, “maintaining a notice board for creating awareness; organizing drawing, painting, slogan writing activities and debates in a class wise manner with special emphasis on lower classes; and dedicating morning assembly once in a month for this purpose”.
“Spread the word for healthy options like vegetable sandwiches, fruits, paneer cutlets, khandvi, poha and low fat milk shakes with seasonal fruits, lassi and jaljeera etc,” the DoE circular said.
Delhi HC on regulation of Junk consumption
The communication comes following a Delhi High Court judgment ordering the regulation of junk consumption among school children through restrictions on the sale of foods high in fat, salt and sugar, such as chips, fried products and sugar-sweetened beverages in and around school premises. The court had also directed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to implement its guidelines on making wholesome and nutritious food available to school children.
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The trend of junk consumption has now targeted even the younger generation, school kids being the centre of the scenario. With this law being effective, revolutionary changes might be in store in matters of health.