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The United Kingdom's government is [thought / thinking] about banning all food and drink [on / in] public transport. The UK's plan to [ban / banned] people eating and drinking on trains and buses is not popular with people. They say the government should not control [weather / whether] or not people can eat and drink on public transport. Many people said the plan was [others / another] example of the UK becoming a ["nanny state" / "granddad state"] . This is a country that wants to control everything people [can't / can] and cannot do. The UK's Chief Medical Officer, professor Sally Davies, said the plan was necessary to help reduce [obese / obesity] . She said it was part of a plan to halve obesity in children [by / at] 2030 and to help people make healthier lifestyle [choices / choice] .

Professor Davies reported that there are [twice / two] as many overweight schoolchildren today as there [were / are] 30 years ago. She said: "Today's children are [downing / drowning] in a flood of unhealthy food and drink [options / opinions] ." She said this is made worse because of "insufficient opportunities for being [active / inactive]" . She said children do not get enough [exercise / exercising] . She added: "We must go further and faster." Ms Davies also wants to stop fast food [being / been] sold at soccer games. Many travelers are [angrily / angry] about the plans. A nurse, Nicky Paxton, said the transport ban would make her [life / lively] worse. She said: "I often work 12 hours without a break and I need a sandwich on the train [in / on] my way home from work."

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