5-speed listening (Public Transport - Level 2)

UK might ban food on public transport






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The UK government is thinking about banning food and drink on public transport. The plan is to ban eating and drinking on trains and buses. It is not popular with people. They say governments should not control what people can eat and drink on public transport. Many people said it is an example of the UK becoming a "nanny state" - a country that wants to control people's lives. The UK's Chief Medical Officer said the plan was necessary to help halve obesity in children by 2030. It is also to help people make healthier lifestyle choices.

The medical officer said there are two times more overweight schoolchildren today than 30 years ago. She said: "Today's children are drowning in a flood of unhealthy food and drink options." She said this is made worse because children do not get sufficient exercise. She added: "We must go further and faster." The UK also wants a ban on fast food at soccer games. Many travelers are angry. A nurse said the transport ban would make her life worse. She said: "I often work 12 hours without a break and I need a sandwich on the train on my way home from work."

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