Govt considers 'no fry zone' ban of fast-food outlets near schools

The Government is reportedly thinking about introducing a fast-food exclusion zone around schools.

A coalition of health groups want to make outlets at least a 15-minute walk away for pupils, according to a report.

The proposal for a 1.5km 'no-fry zone' around schools for any new fast-food outlets is a bid to battle the obesity epidemic with a quarter of 11-year-olds now clinically overweight.

Existing fast-food outlets will not be affected unless they have to reapply for planning.

A coalition of health groups is behind a push to stop fatty foods being sold within a 15-minute walk of the school yard, according to the Irish Independent.

National planning guidelines which would govern where takeaways could set up are currently passing thorough the consultation stage with the Government due to sign off on them in the coming months.

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