Germany plans school fruit in anti-obesity campaign
Berlin -- Germany is considering handing out free fruit in schools as part of an anti-obesity campaign, according to a government document obtained by DPA.
The idea is part of proposals to balance up Germans' diets and encourage them to take more exercise.
Survey data taken in January showed two-thirds of German males aged 18 to 80 were overweight and about half of German females were too big. People become fat as they grow old, with the overweight rate among children and youth just 15 percent.
The study confirmed that poor people were much more likely to be fat, while rich, higher-class Germans have trim figures.
A government campaign would encourage company canteens to offer healthier food, and authorities would subsidize giveaways of milk and fruit in schools to train children in healthy eating, according to the proposals.
The one third of Germans who never exercise would be encouraged to move more, said the paper from the health and consumer affairs ministries.