Fundamentally I am against banning certain ‘bad’ foods, as I think in most instances individuals should be able to make their own choice. Although improved public health would certainly result if the government outlawed smoking and foods high in saturated fat, that by itself does not make it a good thing.
However, with children (when habits are being set for life) perhaps freedom of choice is not such a good idea. I say this because kids are influenced by their peers, and because they are less educated, and more dependent. As much as they would not like to admit it, when you are young you are not capable of making rational decisions. Whatever the reason, I think school tuck shops should restrict certain items.
A recent year-long study on this very topic suggest a ‘fruit tuck shop’ works, especially when the kids are not allowed to bring ‘bad’ items to school either. So it seems the parents have an important role to play too… Surprise, surprise…
I am sure someone could argue that this will cause a negative rebound when the kids grow up and do have access to ‘bad’ foods. It would be interesting to follow up on the kids in this study in 10, 20, 50 years and see how they are doing. I would bet significantly better than their peers.