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About 1800 doughnuts are sold every 30 minutes at a leading public school in Colombo. "We have decided to activate the School Canteen Act to curb these kinds of unhealthy activities", the Ministry of Health said.

The Health Ministry has confirmed that the three most popular public schools in the country have canteens that sell an array of unhealthy foods such as Thai, Indian and Chinese food to students.

“Some restaurants are specialized for Chinese, Italian or Indian food, but these canteens have all these kinds. This is unhealthy as it leads to Obesity and Diabetes,” Deputy Minister of Health Ministry, Mahinda Amaraweera said.

As a result, the Ministry has decided to activate the School Canteen Act, which states that school canteens should provide local, healthy foods and fresh fruit juices.

The act also mentions that artificial beverages and foods should not be made available to students. “A disciplinary action will be taken against a principal of any school that has failed to adhere to this act and the canteen will be also be closed down,” Mr. Amaraweera said. (MB)

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  • Kamadasa Monday, 08 November 2010 10:58 AM

    Exactly, example is better than preaching. Any idea how much they spend on meals at parliament for a day ??????? ooooppssss

    Rajiv Monday, 08 November 2010 02:40 PM

    A Very good idea. Should be welcom since it cause lot of sickness when taken daily. Only Fools will say kids should eat donuts daily.

    UJ Monday, 08 November 2010 02:17 PM

    Doughnut was my favourite when I was in School, It looks the way thing goes my son will not be able to have the doughnuts from the same school I had. Pitty!

    Udaratakolla Monday, 08 November 2010 01:59 PM

    Ban alcohol and cigarettes first. They do more harm than donuts.

    polkiccha Monday, 08 November 2010 01:23 PM

    .......and school children will stop eating unhealthy food. wow how practical...... where are you from mars????

    Nina Kamal Monday, 08 November 2010 01:19 PM

    Instead, we can have them to eat 'wade'.... same shape, less expense!!!!

    chami Monday, 08 November 2010 12:26 PM

    Close all eateries and have only kadala and mung ata shops.

    Sinhaya Monday, 08 November 2010 12:02 PM

    This type of food is not good for health. That's why the government is trying to avoid it.

    Mohamed Monday, 08 November 2010 11:59 AM

    Furthermore, it is not good for the members of the Parliament, they should at all times avoid eating these PAAN PITI food items.

    Sadarana kota Monday, 08 November 2010 11:02 AM

    Minister Are jealous of these kids?.....
    Cz u didnt get donuts when u were schooling

    LS Monday, 08 November 2010 11:01 AM

    First provide clean drinking water at schools before speaking about fresh fruit juices, which only a few students can afford.

    Ruhunu Puthra Monday, 08 November 2010 02:52 PM

    Symptoms of a sick mind!!

    ND Monday, 08 November 2010 10:53 AM

    Parlimentarians are adults. If they want to control their diets they can do so. If they dont have self control, toobadfor them. But health conscious parents who feed their kids healthy stuff simply are undermined by school canteens - and you cant blame kids for having a sweet tooth. So this is a great measure and very forward looking, Thanks!
    Make sure all the sugary drinks-pepsi, coca cola and other calorie rich, nutrition poor stuff are all removed.

    Api Walata Monday, 08 November 2010 10:51 AM

    How much is the cut???????

    ND Monday, 08 November 2010 10:50 AM

    Not if they put MSG, which they all do.

    jegan Monday, 08 November 2010 10:48 AM

    are you out of ur mind?. donuts is the most unhealthy food. one little donut have 2000+ calories. here is australia they are planning to ban this food.

    malkanthi Monday, 08 November 2010 10:46 AM

    It is not obesity but prosperity. All the flat tummies in the parliament are bloating day by day. Now you know where our country's resources are!

    Musthafa Monday, 08 November 2010 10:45 AM

    No- The owner of this UNP man, so the minister does not like it. thats all

    saranga Monday, 08 November 2010 10:34 AM

    Lead by examples, apart from Health minister, all other ministers are Obese

    the under taker Monday, 08 November 2010 10:33 AM


    Sha Monday, 08 November 2010 10:23 AM

    Wrong Move. Gov should do it educate the school children and motivate them to not to have these type of food.

    hemj Monday, 08 November 2010 10:23 AM

    Who says Thai and Chinese food are not healthy?
    They are better than KFC, McDonald, Dunking, or pitza???

    Muditha Tuesday, 09 November 2010 02:53 AM

    Ganu "doughnut" enu satanata!!! :)

    polkiccha Tuesday, 09 November 2010 02:45 PM

    americans live healthy? ha ha better stick at your bus job.....

    shanilsamarakoon Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:29 PM

    It's good to be helath conscious but lead by example! Our country is run by rotund gluttons!

    king barnet Tuesday, 09 November 2010 09:33 AM

    ewa gana saddane ne...... katai hode

    Mallie Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:39 AM

    They have done a research & found that students are becoming smarter than the Teachers. That was the actual reason.

    walapalam Tuesday, 09 November 2010 08:22 AM

    why dont we have scanners in the canteens also
    typical scenes in a country controlled by force

    nihal Tuesday, 09 November 2010 05:33 AM

    So right Sha!! Banning is such a cop-out in this case kids need to be educated on and encouraged to develop healthy eating habits. The so called leaders and parents need to lead the way - words need to be seen as credible. AND by the way, authentic chinese food is NOT unhealthy, the method of cooking involved ensures that the nutriants of all the food cooked is preserved and transgfered to our bodies.

    R Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:41 AM

    Most information that you get from chain e-mails are not true. First do a little bit of research on the web before you spread such information.

    NEo Tuesday, 09 November 2010 03:21 AM

    Itz a good idea we should ban those foods otherwise we'll have sick nation in the future. What happens when younger generation addicted to those unhealthy foods. Pls don't see this as a simple thing. It a very serious case. See presently half of the nation is suffering from some kind of sickness. Mouestly d to unhealthy foods. I guess multinational companies are behind the scene. More sick people will make more profit to them.

    anton Monday, 08 November 2010 10:23 AM

    Hey Pubbaka,

    Its not masala wade, BUT ULUNDU wade has a hole in the middle. (r u from sri lanka?)

    Kamal Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:45 AM

    I am in Australia.They recently banned selling energy drinks like Red Bull in school canteens.These measures were taken for well being of students.

    kari Tuesday, 09 November 2010 01:11 AM

    Educating people about nutritional values of food is a good thing. But now MR Chinthana decides what people should eat and drink?

    Dilan Monday, 08 November 2010 08:06 PM

    Americans have some of the unhealthiest and obese people and rarely live past 75. I don't know where you're getting your info.

    Riyazi-Dorking Monday, 08 November 2010 07:56 PM

    Instead of donuts introduce "helapa" !! One of my favourites !!

    Naz Monday, 08 November 2010 07:10 PM

    But they forgot that when they voted isnt it........

    rasika Monday, 08 November 2010 06:04 PM

    ya,a stupid person like u will oppose good moves like this , i guess u are a JVPer. see whats happening arounfd the world,even USA have these things. we should encourage healthy eating

    Pan Bakka Monday, 08 November 2010 05:15 PM

    Who kept a count of the Doughnut sales?

    rds Monday, 08 November 2010 04:48 PM

    Ethakota Kawumath nathiwevida

    Don Monday, 08 November 2010 04:37 PM

    Are u out of your mind

    Bus Ticket Doctor Monday, 08 November 2010 08:48 AM

    Americans eat doughnuts, but, live healthy pass 90 years. Is it doughnut or loose nut here?

    Tim Tam Monday, 08 November 2010 09:33 AM

    How about introducing an exercise program in schools every morning as a cure to health problems.. rather than bannig food??

    Ruhunu Puthra Monday, 08 November 2010 09:24 AM

    Minister Mahinda Amaraweera is worried about obesity among school children!!! First make sure none of your Colleagues in Parliment are obese. Lead by example!! Just cos you all are Law makers, dont behave like monkeys with razor blades.

    knight Rider Monday, 08 November 2010 09:18 AM

    Doughnut is a healthy food with lots of calories if prepared with genuinely with the proper contents. Unfortunately of food industry runs on fakes. I love doughnuts & hot chocolate.

    knight Rider Monday, 08 November 2010 09:13 AM

    I wonder what the ministers would say if the parliament canteen ( 5 star Buffet ) is controlled the same way. Also conformable AC vehicles are also bad for the health...walking is good.

    shovini Monday, 08 November 2010 09:11 AM

    why this sudden interest. Something fishy. Must be some racket which will be exposed soon.

    willows Monday, 08 November 2010 09:08 AM

    it is very important first to introduce an effective alternative before and then ban what ever you want. If these pastry items are banned what would the children eat at schools???

    sujeewa Monday, 08 November 2010 08:59 AM

    it is difficult to eat "mung ata" everytime.how about " lavariya"

    A. Pubbaka Monday, 08 November 2010 08:54 AM

    Both doughnuts and( masala) wade got a hole in the middle, like the hole in the Govts. economic bucket now as well, as experienced in 70s.

    malkanthi Monday, 08 November 2010 08:53 AM

    What does the Ministry of Health expect the school canteens to sell?? They must specifiy items rather than just giving iterim orders and making headlines, based on nothing!

    Nishantha Rajapakse Monday, 08 November 2010 08:51 AM

    exactly... I think the Ministers are eating doughnuts more like...

    m rifai nazim Monday, 08 November 2010 09:33 AM

    Freaking News : 35 Students arrested and remanded indefinitely for eating DO-NUTS. The Canteen owner released on bail. Ha ha...

    UN Monday, 08 November 2010 08:47 AM

    Just bcause we all stop eating these food we cant live beyond 100 odd years.Dont what these people trying to do...all humans can eat all what they want when they are young after a certain time it wiill grdually stops..please allow the people to live the way they want...

    Wara Monday, 08 November 2010 08:43 AM

    There's cancer cause eliments in doughnuts. That may be the main reason for this.( I got this information from an Email)

    jim jam Monday, 08 November 2010 08:43 AM

    Hon Minister probably doesnt like doughnuts so depriving these poor kids.

    Bird Eye Monday, 08 November 2010 08:41 AM

    Bring your act to control junk food & chemical content in food, not just to control Donut.

    Shivanka David Monday, 08 November 2010 08:38 AM

    These nothing wrong in eating Donuts. people are loosing the freedom to have food.

    SRI LANKAN Monday, 08 November 2010 08:36 AM

    Coming situ is much similar to ban of certaoin food items and not allowed to be sold on Tuesday & Friday during early '70s.

    Just Another Citizen Monday, 08 November 2010 08:31 AM

    Very soon people might start getting arrested for eating as well.

    Panchauda Kumaraya Monday, 08 November 2010 08:28 AM

    "Ganu kaduwa. Enu Satanata"

    Anil Monday, 08 November 2010 08:27 AM

    What is wrong with this ?

    wanniya Monday, 08 November 2010 08:27 AM

    donuts kana jathiyak. Ratama perata. marvellous.

    Rajitha Monday, 08 November 2010 10:03 AM

    Health Ministry is going nuts..better if they can keep the hospital toilets clean..One cannot step in because of stains from Betel chewing and spitting... Smells like hell

    Bandulla Monday, 08 November 2010 10:21 AM

    What about free breakfast like Premadasa did a decade ago.

    kevin Monday, 08 November 2010 10:18 AM

    no one cares about what muslims eat. lol.

    W.G.L Monday, 08 November 2010 10:15 AM

    yes i also heard in doughnuts there are possibility to get cancer please be watch out find out from medical people

    Soba Monday, 08 November 2010 10:15 AM

    Let's take out Chinese, Indian and Thai food from the Parliament canteen first. We will also ban all meat items at the parliament. If you manage to do that all will follow. But this does not make sense.

    Baba Monday, 08 November 2010 10:13 AM


    chris abey Monday, 08 November 2010 10:12 AM

    I also agree.When were ministers concerned about school childrens health?Something is going on which we cannot see right now.

    Ane Anichan Monday, 08 November 2010 10:08 AM

    Instead of "Pan nethnam Kek kapan" should now be amended as "Pan nethnam Doughnut kapan"!

    sam Monday, 08 November 2010 10:05 AM

    wrong is not with Donuts. It may with ownership of donuts stall ....

    Mithraka Fernando Monday, 08 November 2010 10:05 AM


    malkanthi Monday, 08 November 2010 10:04 AM

    Not exactly, what about the vegetables, fruits, chicken we eat?? they too are not healthy! Everything Instant earning fast buck.

    Hasiya Monday, 08 November 2010 08:27 AM

    Why can't the authorities give freedom to kids to enjoy the sweet things which they like to eat?? without just forcing to eat rice...

    Rasi Saldeen Monday, 08 November 2010 10:02 AM

    Come on there is a limit to this... You cannot control peoples taste buds...? This is stupid. absoultly non sensicle if they understand

    SRI LANKAN Monday, 08 November 2010 10:00 AM

    correct version is "Japan has large population of elders" eating Rice & Raw Fish!!!

    Lankan Monday, 08 November 2010 09:53 AM

    Call for Tender to supply food to School canteens... so you can demand for a better commission.........

    M. Rajapaksha Monday, 08 November 2010 09:51 AM

    we must promote 'lavaria' insted of doornuts.

    Lam Monday, 08 November 2010 09:49 AM

    i can see the problem of eating this stuff, grade 5 students a re looks like a 20 years old big belly thugs. when i see those children i wonder what their meals, now i have answer from minister. it is do nut make them to that giant

    sinnan Monday, 08 November 2010 09:46 AM

    Are we going for bathala , Maniok & Corn Flour again??????

    Sean Monday, 08 November 2010 09:40 AM

    thank god i'm outta school....the young kids will get to eat Kadala & mung ata....

    Jif Monday, 08 November 2010 09:39 AM

    Good one... the Canteen act should also apply for the Parliament canteen too.

    Lanka Monday, 08 November 2010 09:39 AM

    Thai, Indian and Chinese food when in the world are they unhealthy?? Chinese and Indians live the longest!

    R. Premadasa Monday, 08 November 2010 09:39 AM

    I Love 'lavariya' comments.

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