Children should be offered healthy school meals

Students with fruit in class situation at primary school.Students with fruit in class situation at primary school.Photo: Gorm Kallestad / NTB scanpix

Norway is behind in the fight against overweight and obesity, believe researchers at the Oslo Met, who recommend the introduction of school meals.

“It is important to prevent overweight and obesity,” Liv Elin Torheim, professor at the Oslo Met’s Faculty of Health Sciences, told the NRK.

“The conditions for a healthy diet during the childhood years must be established,” she says.

Torheim is one of 34 Norwegian experts in the Healthy Food Environment Policy Index (Food-EPI) who have reviewed the Norwegian authorities’ efforts to limit overweight and obesity in society. The project is part of the Policy Evaluation Network (PEN), in which five other European countries participate.

To overcome overweight and obesity, the panel recommends, among other things, free school meals. They also propose a differentiated sugar index, and the introduction of lower taxes on healthy foods, more regulation of the marketing of unhealthy foods to children, as well as clearer labeling of calorie content, fat, salt and sugar.

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2 Comments on "Children should be offered healthy school meals"

  1. Children should eat normal food. Not healthy or unhealthy. Potatoes, veggie and meat or sandwiches.

  2. Great photo of the little girls (and presumably little future moms) “surveying” the vegetables. 🙂

    As a parent of 4 (of varying ages) I fully agree with this, but the food should also be tasty – not bland, blyeh.

    Back in Alaska many years ago, my first wife started serving fruit and raw vegetables on a merry-go-round, and for the vegetables she had a blue cheese sauce or dressing which made all them REALLY tasty.

    I cannot believe all the junk snack food being sold, when hot-air-popped popcorn can be just as tasty and satisfying and much more gastronomically beneficial. (Teeth must be thoroughly brushed afterwards, though.)

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