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At this point it would be useful to see a graph that plots obesity vs annual income of the caretaker(s) for a look at the social perspective. I can't seem to find the materials, but obesity and povery have been shown to be linked quite often.

Also, for the UK, the new rules, in wake of Jamie Oliver's show that outlined the poverty of school lunches, have taken effect only a few months - so any results will not be visible.

You've had your chips: fattening food banned from school canteens - Guardian


Chocolate, crisps and sugary drinks will be banned from secondary school canteens this month, under new rules to tackle childhood obesity.

The nutritional standards, already in force in primary schools, require a school lunch to contain at least one portion of vegetable or salad and a portion of fruit. School canteens will not be allowed to offer meals outside strict calorie limits, and must provide foods with a minimum level of iron, zinc, calcium and vitamins. Salt will be removed from canteen tables and foods that have too much fat, saturated fat and sugar will not be allowed.

Drinks will be limited to water, low-fat milk and juice. Schools have been told to use reduced-fat spreads rather than butter and to spread this thinly.

Meals that pass the new nutritional standards test include breaded fish, spicy fajitas, yoghurt and some cakes. The new rules follow a high-profile campaign by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to improve the quality and taste of the country's school lunches.

Of course I can only be happy when, besides good nutritious food, children will be provided with free sport activities. Let's not just talk about food.

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Tue Mar 2nd, 2010 at 08:19:29 AM EST
Unfortunately all those school playing fields and public parks are prime property development land. The people who sell them should be put in stocks and pelted by youngsters with junked junk food, with videos of their treatment available on youtube.

This would bring a number of benefits. Not least that the kids would get some exercise.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Tue Mar 2nd, 2010 at 10:33:23 AM EST
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You have certainly hit on the biggest problem.

By comparison, the food at school cafeterias when I grew up in the 70s was total junk. Today's school food is much healthier.

But we were much more active.

by Upstate NY on Tue Mar 2nd, 2010 at 12:56:57 PM EST
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Yeah, when I grew up the school cafeteria food was probably balanced and nutritious, but it tasted so bad I couldn't eat it much of the time.  As a result of that and a lot of physical activity both at home and at school (gym was mandatory) weight was not a problem.  In fact I can only recall a couple of overweight kids in our school, and it is likely they had some glandular problems or a strong genetic disposition.  Today, in the same area, there more obese kids than in most other states.

See this link for detailed info about child obesity stats.  No it's not just poor kids.  In my home state the rich kids are more likely to be obsese.

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by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Wed Mar 3rd, 2010 at 12:33:22 AM EST
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Here parents are told not to put unhealthy  kind of food in kid's lunch boxes.And they have to put at least one fruit or vegetable in it.I do not know if this will work because in the evening Mc Donald's, KFCs and others are fool with those parents and kids. It's really hard to cook when you come home at 7 pm...A lot's of young parents do not even know how to cook...

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by vbo on Wed Mar 3rd, 2010 at 09:41:31 PM EST
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