A ban on tea or coffee to young people would be ridiculous. So why should we ban energy drinks?
Banning the sale of energy drinks to young people is perhaps the least controversial part of the government’s new Childhood Obesity Plan. Unlike most of the policies in the document, the ban actually targets children – which is a start – and we accept a greater degree of paternalism towards minors than towards adults. But it is not clear what the ban is intended to achieve, nor whether such a heavy-handed response is appropriate.
You might expect a policy from a Childhood Obesity Plan to be aimed at tackling obesity, but there is no evidence that energy drinks play much of a role in making kids fat….