Odense City Council is issuing a recommendation to schools in the district, to discourage children from fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

The Children and Youth Committee wants public school officials in the Odense area to encourage their pupils not to fast, over fears for the health and wellbeing.

'We know there some children who aren't eating during the day, and it's not possible to learn on an empty stomach without being tired and rundown. That's why we want to stress to parents that it's not an acceptable behaviour,' said Jane Jegind, the head of the committee.

Fasting from sunrise to sunset is one of the main requirements for practicing Muslims during Ramadan. Those who are sick, elderly, pregnant or nursing are exempt from fasting, as are pre-pubescent children.

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