Concerns over fast food near elementary school
A new McDonald's opening up near a Côte-des-Neiges elementary school has some parents and educators concerned about fast food and the health of children.
The mother of two children going to Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Elementary on Côte-des-Neiges Road tells La Presse the new McDonald's will just offer kids more junk besides the depanneur that's already there. There's not much the Commission Scolaire de Montreal can do about it though it says their food policies are totally against fast food.
The chairperson of the English Montreal School Board said a fair share of their schools are close to fast food emporiums and Angela Mancini, who is also a dietician, added that's not a good thing.
"They're usually picking up some really empty calories along the way and that's a problem because the obesity rate or problems with weight in our students is increasing and we're seeing it throughout Montreal, Quebec and Canada," Mancini told CJAD 800 News.
Mancini said it's up to boroughs to zone new fast food places out. A recent Université de Montreal study found that 3/4 of elementary and high schools in the greater Montreal region have at least one fast food restaurant within one kilometre walking distance.
Photo: CJAD 800 News archive