Sunday, July 06, 2008


The push for British school canteens to serve more nutritious food has produced unintended but not unexpected consequences:
Supermarkets, newsagents and takeaways were far more popular than the school canteen, with 80 per cent of children using them regularly.
Worries that school kids are way too fat and getting fatter has prompted the government to propose an innovative solution:
The children's minister, Kevin Brennan, has called for secondary pupils under the age of 16 to be locked in school grounds at lunchtime to stop them from stocking up on sweets, fizzy drinks and takeaways.
Students will respond by stocking up on fattening teeth-rotting goodies on the way to school. Stand by for demands that something be done about the soaring incidence of back problems amongst kiddies lugging around backpacks full of junk food. Not only that, just think of the money to be made and the crime opportunities associated with selling black market food to classmates. Gone will be "give me your lunch money", replaced by "give me your lollies".


Anonymous Cana said...

Kids definitely need healthy diet. Parents should set up a good role model first.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous DocBud said...

Actually, Cana, children need a balanced diet, which the overwhelming majority of parents are perfectly capable of supplying without interference from governments or any other group of know-it-all, busybodies with too much time on their hands. Anyone who looks around their local schools will note that the obesity statistics are clearly bogus as the vast majority of children are fit and healthy. The minority of children who have a problem should be dealt with on an individual basis.

I also think children need a proper education in core subjects such as English and you are certainly not much of a role model in that respect. I followed the link to the Kids Are Our Future website and noted that the standard of English is no better there.

1:55 PM  

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