Bars are prohibited from serving alcohol to those who are already intoxicated. That's host responsibility. The healthists want to ban dairies near schools from selling sweet stuff to kids. But is it really all kids who are the problem here, or just the obese ones?
Host responsibility should mean, if applied appropriately here, that dairies shouldn't be banned from selling lollies to kids, just to obese kids. Just like bars aren't banned from selling beer to all people, just to intoxicated ones. They'd have to use a judgement call on who's over-the-line, just like bartenders do. Maybe there could be a training programme.
You'd probably need additional penalties for thin kids who intermediate and on-sell lollies to their friends.
To be clear: I totally oppose this. But do I oppose it more than a blanket ban on all kids buying lollies? Do you?
Note too the great classist implications of banning kids from buying from dairies near schools but not from supermarkets or high end chocolate shops. Maybe we need to refine the host responsibility proposal to target only obese kids who look poor. Because that's what's really intended, isn't it?
But not high end chocolate milk?A bottle of orange fizzy drink contains 19 teaspoons of sugar - making that illegal might be a good shot at reducing obesity in children— Hamish Keith (@hamish_keith) May 18, 2015