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.