Blog: School dinners

Catherine Sleep | 1 March 2005

I always detested school meals at primary school. The desserts were ok (‘chocolate concrete’ was a particular favourite), but the main meals were barely edible. I always wondered how anyone could make basic foods such as sausages, baked beans, peas and roast potatoes taste so awful. The food was all very processed, the nutritional benefit marginal, and I dread to think what went into the burgers we were served every week.

Despite current concerns about obesity, unhealthy foods such as chips and burgers are still routinely served up in some UK schools. The government is finally tackling the issue, with new minimum health specifications for processed foods set to be introduced into schools from September, ahead of the introduction of tougher standards for school meals in 2006.

But how do school meals in the UK compare with those in other countries? Food-obsessed France certainly seems to have some good ideas to encourage healthy eating at school, but how do you stop kids from tucking into a McDonald’s on the way home?

Kate Barker (Acting Editor)

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