Children choose pizza

PIZZA is the most popular dish on the school menu and curry has knocked chips off the list of favourites with children who now spend more than pound;1.3 billion a year on food.

Nearly seven out of 10 pupils rate their diet as healthy, but almost a third of their pocket money - pound;8.33 million a week - is spent on snacks eaten travelling to and from school. The Sodexho survey also found that 15 per cent of girls aged 15 to 16 spend their cash on cigarettes - up from 5 per cent in 2000 - compared to 6 per cent of boys.

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