Obesity is increasing and in Sweden one out of five kids are overweight which has resulted in people blaming the food in schools. Sure, the food probably isn’t ideal and it’s even worse in countries (Great Britain) where the kids are served fast food for lunch. However, I don’t believe the schools are to blame.
According to the Swedish company 118100 one Swedish school year consists of 178 days and I’m sure that’s roughly the same in all western countries. During my school years I had one out of four meals in school i.e. lunch. I had breakfast, a snack and dinner at home every day. Based on this stats, the schools stands for 178 of 1460 meals every year! Is it then logical to blame the schools or should we focus on the other 1282 meals (88%)?
Once the kids finally reaches high school it can be a good idea to educate them about nutrition and calories but until then, it should be the parents responsibility to make sure they eat healthy the other 1282 meals. This doesn’t have to be done by monitoring them 24/7, instead you can go a long way by just avoid buying home junk such as candy and soda. If there isn’t any candy, soda or cookies at home – a 8 year old kid won’t consume it!
I still believe there’s room to improve the school food but we need to choose our battles and prioritize the 88% which every parent can have 100% control over instead of focusing on the 12% they are served in school.