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Weight problems Motion Scotland needs greens, soup and salads prioritised over puddings

College meals ought to embrace fewer puddings and extra recent greens, in line with a report.

Weight problems Motion Scotland (OAS) stated enhancements to highschool meals may play an necessary half in decreasing childhood weight problems.

It needs to focus on the problem forward of the council elections in two weeks’ time.

The Scottish authorities stated a evaluate of faculty food and drinks dietary requirements was below approach.

OAS is asking on native authorities election candidates to commit to rework college meals in Scotland “from a feeding tradition to an consuming tradition”.

The organisation stated it needed unprocessed or “minimally processed” meals used wherever doable and greens, soup and salads prioritised over puddings.

Its report discovered college dinners assorted “dramatically” throughout Scotland, with many main colleges serving puddings extra typically than soup.

Two-thirds of main college pupils in Scotland eat college meals and OAS stated this offered a “distinctive alternative” to drive dietary change.

Lorraine Tulloch, from OAS, stated: “We’re calling on native authorities election candidates to commit to rework college meals throughout Scotland to make sure youngsters have a wholesome and completely happy expertise with meals.

“Change is feasible and we’ve got highlighted areas the place that change is beginning to occur, however extra motion is required and larger precedence and a spotlight must be given to this topic to make sure we provide all our youngsters one of the best begin in life.”

The Scottish authorities stated all native authorities had an obligation to supply college meals that meet strict dietary necessities.

A spokesman added: “Wholesome Consuming In Colleges steering exists to assist native authorities and colleges meet the present requirement. This contains recommendation on making puddings more healthy.

“The deputy first minister confirmed on 5 March 2017 evaluate of those college food and drinks dietary requirements is below approach to make sure the dietary requirements are one of the best they are often.

“The evaluate may even take into account whether or not college meals provision might be additional improved, in mild of the newest proof from the scientific advisory committee on diet.”

A examine final yr discovered that since 2005 more than one in 10 children in Scotland had began main college chubby or overweight.

The figures confirmed nearly 83,000 4 to five-year-olds entered P1 carrying extra weight between 2005-2006 and 2014-2015.