BBC School Report
Love them or hate them, we have all had to eat school lunches at one point in our life. Whether you like them or not is not related to the subject. However, the lunches are unhealthy. Here we will be explaining why we should get healthier lunches in the school.
First, if children don’t eat the right foods, they can develop serious health problems later in life like diabetes and heart disease. Not eating healthy can also affect school performance, lowering IQs and grades. One of the problems of changing the menu is that some children enjoy the food.
We interviewed the head of health and well-being, Miss Paton.
Do you think the lunches meet the requirements of the Scottish dietary goals?
How could we improve the food in the cafeteria?
- We could have a pupil-working group to get views on what the pupils would like to see and work from there. We could try educating parents on what food is healthy and what their child should be eating.
How important is it to eat healthy?
- Very important, not eating healthy now can have serious long term effects
The Scottish dietary goals were put in place to improve the health of people in Scotland, reducing diabetes and obesity. The goals are to cut down on sugar, fat and calorie intake. But the problem is, school lunches are not that good for you. I understand there are things that get in the way of that, like budget. Some children eat the lunches regularly; we asked some members from the student council for their opinions.
Do you eat in the cafeteria often?
Do you like the food?
- It’s okay
- It’s alright
Why do you not like it?
- It’s not really healthy
- You don’t get the food you want
What could we do to improve the lunches?
- Chicken nuggets
Food can influence sleeping patterns, leading to tiredness. The average teenager gets 7 hours of sleep, and the recommended amount is 8 ½ hours. Only 15% of teenagers reported getting 8 ½ hours of sleep. Teenagers need sleep to concentrate in school.
At the end of the day, school lunches are optional and you don’t have to eat them, you can choose to go out or go home for lunch. We are trying to raise awareness for the health risks in school dinners
By Saira, Hansa and Amber