Combating obesity through national school food policies across Europe

The European Commission have published a report looking at the nutrition related content of school food policies across Europe. The report looks at the 28 EU member states as well as Norway and Switzerland.

The key findings are:

  • All 30 countries have a school food policy in place.
  • The primary aims are to: to improve child nutrition (97% of all policies), to teach healthy diet and lifestyle habits (94%), and to reduce or prevent childhood obesity (88%).
  • Lunch and snacks appear as the most common focus at almost 90% of school food policies.
  • 65-82% of policies set restrictions on beverages available or recommended to school children, the majority supporting (free) access to fresh drinking water and specifically limiting or banning (sugar-sweetened) soft drinks.
  • Sweet treats and savoury snacks are restricted in 59-79% of policies, ranging from being allowed occasionally to complete bans.
  • Vending machine offers are restricted in 53%.
  • Food marketing limitations apply in 76% of policies.
Posted: 08/10/2014 12:17:35 by Laura Keaver


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