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Should packed lunches be banned?

That's what the British government reckon schools should do, the idea being that 'packed lunches are nearly always less nutritious than a cooked meal'. What do you think?

Tom Baker writer
Tom Baker Staff Writer
Derby, UK

2 experts and 3 parents have answered

Gary Hough
Gary Hough Regulatory Manager & Post Punk GB

No, absolutely not!

What should be banned though are these Daily Mail styled, blinkered Government ministers and advisors who appear to have nothing better to do than waste tax payers cash on coming up with nonsensical legislation or proposals like this one. And no doubt using some spurious statistical evidence to support their ludicrous claims.

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Opinion 3 years ago
expert answer
Richard Taylor expert
Richard Taylor Father of 4 boys & IT Consultant Bushmills, GB
Technology expert

If school dinners are free, or cost less than 40p per day, then yes, good idea, however currently school meals cost £2.20 or more per day, which is just far too expensive to justify it, when most parents are cooking a main meal in the evening anyway. Two main meals a day will just lead to more overweight kids, not less.

A packed lunch is not meant to be the main meal of the day, its a LUNCH.

It would surely be better if there were simple rules regarding lunches instead:

"if your child wishes to have a packed lunch, these rules MUST be adhered to:

  1. A sandwich with a minimum of 2 slices of bread that contains a minimum of some form of protein (e.g. cheese, ham, chicken etc) AND some salad (e.g. lettuce, tomato, cucumber etc)

  2. Fruit that fulfils 1 portion of their daily fruit and vegetables RDA (e.g. 1 Apple, 8 strawberries, a banana etc)

  3. A minimum of 500ml of non-fizzy, non-pre-mixed drink (e.g. Home-mixed fruit squash, water, milk - strictly no fruit-shoots or other non-fizzy pre-mixed drinks as in many cases these have as much sugar as a can of fizzy drink)

  4. A chocolate biscuit OR small packet of crisps OR Yoghurt (modern yoghurts are so full of sugar as they are "low-fat" that they have as much sugar as a chocolate biscuit in many cases)

"Any child found to have a lunch that does not meet these requirements will not be allowed to have their packed lunch and must have a school dinner instead. The parent(s) will be billed the cost of the school dinner PLUS a £2 naughty parent fee and their picture will be placed on a naughty parents board in the school entrance hall."

Problem solved.

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Opinion 3 years ago
Claire Borg Ingolotti
Claire Borg Ingolotti Malta

No they shouldn't in my opinion. Offer cooked meals too, but banning packed lunches is ridiculous as far as I can see . Enforcing stricter guidelines as to what foods students are allowed to bring for packed lunches (ie healthy foods) would help

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Opinion 3 years ago
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James Diamond expert
James Diamond E-Safety & Safeguarding Trainer Leicester, GB
E-safety expert

I'm already concerned that more and more schools are converting to academy status, and that this exempts them from the Government's nutrition standards.

While it's true that some children are going to school with inappropriate packed lunches, that is no reason to punish the parents who do know how to prepare a balanced lunch, and how may not want to pay the prices for a school dinner that they don't approve of.

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Opinion 3 years ago
Paul Sutton
Paul Sutton I work in a school Torquay, GB

There are clubs that run at lunch times that run all lunchtime, so some kids may bring a packed lunch to such clubs, banning packed lunches could cause issues.

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Opinion 3 years ago

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