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Spiced-up healthy food isn’t so hot without a perk

Getting children to take up healthy school lunches calls for some creative ploys

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It is the Easter holidays and we are in sole charge of our baby granddaughter for a couple of hours. Her parents are recovering from postnatal trauma in a darkened diner that serves handcrafted burgers. I have only just succeeded in singing her to sleep when Mrs Eddison – flicking through parenting magazines – is shocked to learn that one in five children in the last year of primary school is obese. Her tone suggests that I’m somehow to blame for this statistic.

Unable to bear the thought of having to sing another verse of Hush, Little Baby, I conduct my defence in whispers. Don’t you think we ...

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