Raising Awareness for Healthy Eating
Following a unit on persuasive writing Jake, Our Lady House Captain wrote the following report about packed lunches on the Broadway site:
Over the duration of a couple of weeks the teachers and some children have been noticing the amount of unhealthy products put into children’s lunches. To be eating healthily you need to have a balanced lunch and this should contain:
• Starchy foods. Bread, rice, poratoes and pasta.
• Protein foods. Meat, fish, eggs and beans.
• Dairy item. Cheese or yogurt.
• Vegetables or salad and a portion of fruit.
In 2010, the World Health Organisation found out that 3 out of 10 children aged 2 to 15 were obese in the UK. This isn’t good and we’re the only ones who can prevent it and we can only do that by keeping a healthy balanced diet like above.
Above when I gave the examples of a balanced diet, I mentioned that you should eat meat but this certainly doesn’t include processed meat like ‘Fridge Raiders’ and ‘Peperami.’ Cancer Research says: ‘a person’s risk of premature death from cancer and heart disease increased with the amount of processed meat they ate.’ So the school don’t want any more processed meat coming in.
Children in Y3 up to Y6 have been bringing in lunches packed with chocolate products like ‘Choc Dips’ and huge pieces of chocolate cake without an addition of veg and fruit so all they’re giving their body is stodgy foods with lots of fat. Also, I’ve seen a person who has a big doughnut, chocolate wafers and a kitkat. He has this everyday with nothing else. This is the kind of lunch that children are eating that we are concerned about. This kind of diet is what leads to obesity.
In conclusion, you can tell that we’re concerned about some children’s diets in our school. From now on we want to see a cut back on the amount of crisps eaten and a total stop of eating processed meat and lots of chocolate. We look forward to seeing healthier packed lunches.
Thank you Jake for reporting on this and taking such an interest in the health of other pupils in the school.