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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 contemporary greens, based on a report.

Weight problems Motion Scotland (OAS) stated enhancements to highschool meals might play an essential half in lowering childhood weight problems.

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

The Scottish authorities stated a evaluate of faculty foods and drinks dietary requirements was beneath means.

OAS is looking 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 potential and greens, soup and salads prioritised over puddings.

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

Two-thirds of major college pupils in Scotland eat college meals and OAS stated this supplied 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 kids have a wholesome and glad 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 higher precedence and a spotlight must be given to this topic to make sure we provide all our kids the most effective begin in life.”

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

A spokesman added: “Wholesome Consuming In Faculties 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 foods and drinks dietary requirements is beneath means to make sure the dietary requirements are the most effective they are often.

“The evaluate may even contemplate whether or not college meals provision may be additional improved, in gentle 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 major college obese or overweight.

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