Burgers should be banned from buses and trains to tackle the obesity epidemic, experts say.
They claim a curb on junk food would cut the £16billion a year overweight people cost the NHS.
Delegates at the European Congress on Obesity pointed to the success of the 2007 ban on smoking in public and last year’s alcohol ban on all London transport.
Prof Jason Halford, of the European Association of Obesity, said a similar tactic was “absolutely needed”.
He added: “It’s become normal to see people eating burgers on buses
“It would be a great relief for the bus companies if that wasn’t the case. It also would set a norm that we don’t consume all the time.”
One in four UK adults is now obese. In the 1970s the ratio was one in 35.
The professor went on: “We eat all the time because there are eating opportunities all the time and the type of food that is most ubiquitous is unhealthy.”
Tam Fry, of the National Obesity Forum, told the conference in Oporto, Portugal: “We have become used to guzzling on the go so our buses and trains reek of burgers.
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“We decided it wasn’t acceptable to smoke on trains.
“The scale of this crisis is such that we need to think about bringing food back into the kitchen.”
Transport for London said: “We can’t force customers not to eat junk food but we encourage them to think of fellow passengers.”
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