Battle is with the barons of fat

17th September 2004 at 01:00
This school probably qualifies for leading-edge specialist nutrition status: our excellent catering team holds a Heartbeat Award, they won special (verbal) praise from inspectors for their cakes ... and for more than 10 years they have restricted chips to two days per week.

So why do I think the current government thinking on school meals is fatuous? Even in our rural location, where all pupils stay on site at lunchtime, unhealthy eaters still have recourse to packed lunches from home. Will there be strict new rules for supermarkets on what they can sell to parents as lunchbox fodder, or restrictions on fast-food outlets who sell junk to urban children at lunchtimes?

Tough on obesity, tough on the causes of obesity? Dream on! School meals are just a soft target for publicity-seekers who lack the resolve to tackle the barons of fat. When the dreaded "guidance" arrives I'll redirect it!

Robert Dring


William Lovell CofE school, Stickney

Boston, Lincolnshire

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