Snack police

Childhood obesity is a concern in Australia too. At some pre-schools, teachers are inspecting children’s lunch boxes, and confiscating lollipops, fruit juice, chocolate, potato chips and other sugary or processed snacks.

Early childhood teachers believed the inspections were the only way to stop children eating junk food, regularly packed for them by their parents.

But a leading nutritionist has slammed the idea, saying it would have no effect on children’s dietary habits.

“That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard,” Griffith University senior lecturer of public health, Shawn Somerset, said.

The only way to change children’s eating habits is to persuade parents to feed them differently.

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  1. This is hardly different from some of the attacks on food choice found in our schools.

    It all stems from the position that the nanny state knows better than parents what is good for their children.

    In some cases, that may well be true; it hardly justifies asserting the supremacy of the state over parental choice. And, considering the level of judgement often shown by schools in managing students, I am not prepared to believe that the schools _do_ in fact know better.

  2. Walter E. Wallis says:

    Next – pick up your designated food allotment at the Directory of Diets.

  3. nailsagainsttheboard says:

    A recent look at our public school cafeteria menu: If I were faced with tepid burritos, fish sticks and ketchup, surpriseburgers, something scary called ‘chalupas’, chili and rocks, McGristle nuggets and wilted brown lettuce salad….a bag of Hot Cheetos, Twinkies, Coke, and Pixie Sticks for lunch would be a step up.

  4. Matthew Tabor says:

    Ugh, chalupas are awesome. Gimme gimme.