House Considers Ban on Trans Fat in Schools - - Jackson, MS

Jackson 01/19/17

House Considers Ban on Trans Fat in Schools

Mississippi could become the first state to ban the artery clogger, trans fat, from public schools.

It's part of a proposal the House is considering to tackle the state's obesity epedimic among children.

An estimated 35 percent of Mississippi students are considered overweight.

The city of New York banned trans-fat from its restaurants last month.

Trans fat is a man-made substance found in oils and shortenings to enhance flavor and shelf life of foods.

 "Trans fats have no nutritional value to the body whatsoever. We're going to get rid of it. If it isn't good for you, kids shouldn't be eating it," says Rep. John Reeves (R) Jackson.

Reeves' proposal also bans schools from purchasing deep-fryers, and prohibits teachers from bringing fast food on campus.

The bill would also require schools to weigh students annually, and report their body mass index to parents.

The House is expected to vote on the proposal Monday afternoon.

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