News ID: 202479
Published: 0606 GMT October 16, 2017

UK Hospitals to ban 'super-size' chocolate bars

UK Hospitals to ban 'super-size' chocolate bars

‘Super-sized’ chocolate bars are to be banished from hospital shops, canteens and vending machines, UK’s National Health System said.

Sweets and chocolate sold in hospitals should be 250 calories or under, the head of the body said, BBC wrote.

Under the plans, most ‘grab bags’ will be banned — with hospitals given a cash boost for facilitating the change.

The proposals would also see 75 percent of pre-packed sandwiches coming in at under 400 calories.

Pre-packed savory meals and sandwiches must also contain no more than 5g of saturated fat per 100g.

In April, NHS said it would ban sugary drinks if hospital outlets did not cut down on the number they sell.

Stevens said the NHS was ‘stepping up’ to combat an issue that was causing ‘an epidemic of obesity, preventable diabetes, tooth decay, heart disease and cancer’.

"In place of calorie-laden, sugary snacks we want to make healthier food an easy option for hospital staff, patients and visitors."

NHS staff are also being targeted as part of the move to tackle unhealthy eating, including those on overnight shifts.

Public Health England said hospitals have an ‘important role’ in addressing obesity and not just dealing with the consequences.

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