Removing sugary drinks from schools is proven to have positive outcomes, reports The Spinoff. But the government’s current proposal doesn’t go far enough, says a South Auckland dietitian. Driving around South Auckland, home to the largest Pacific population in Aotearoa, it’s no surprise that this community has the highest fizzy drinks consumption in children aged 2-14 years. Mafi Funaki-Tahifote says that sugary drinks are one of the main contributing factors to health issues such as diabetes, obesity and poor dental hygiene for Pacific people. “It also affects the concentration level for students during school hours,” she adds.

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