PARENTS are taught how to prepare healthy packed lunches to fight an epidemic of childhood obesity.
Sessions are being held at dozens of schools as a study shows most lunchtime offerings are nutrient deficient.
Many lunch boxes contain chips, chocolate spread, jam and sausage rolls, and only one in five has vegetables or salad. Only about half contains fruit.
Most sandwiches were made with white bread, which was low in fibre, a study by Leeds University found.
Only 1.6 percent met all eight healthy food standards, according to figures released at the European Congress on Obesity in Maastricht.
School Food Matters’ Stephanie Slater said the charity advises parents of students at more than 100 schools.
She said workshops taught them what to include in their children’s lunch boxes.
She added: “The Leeds study shows that packed lunches rarely meet school catering standards.”
Figures show lockdown has fueled childhood obesity across England.
A total of 14.4 percent of four- and five-year-olds were dangerously heavy in the past year, up from 9.9 percent in 2019/20.
Tam Fry of the National Obesity Forum called for national nutritional standards for packed lunches because otherwise food quality “could still be hit or miss.”
- SLIMMERS on diet classes should get their children involved so families can lose weight together, says NHS Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8757633/obesity-epidemic-britain-healthy-lunch/ Parents “need lessons” in packing healthy lunch boxes to fight the obesity epidemic