Why “lunchbox shaming” is not the answer to childhood obesity

By Rachel O'Regan |

I Quit Sugar – Why “lunchbox shaming” is not the answer to childhood obesity

  • The lack of balance proves why we NEED health education.

“Lunchbox shaming” teenage girls for packing “too much food” is NOT how we stop the childhood obesity crisis.

According to the girl’s mother, who aired her frustrations on Mumsnet, the lunch wasn’t even that unhealthy. It was simply with a peanut butter sandwich, with some fresh and dried fruit.

On another routine check at this particular school, the girl was also told that AVOCADO was unhealthy!

It’s not the first time teachers have openly criticised lunchboxes. Media commentator Melinda Tankard Reist recently voiced concerns when a friend’s child was sent home with a note after taking a chocolate slice to school as a treat.

Food psychologist Kellee Waters echoes those concerns: “How can a teacher audit a lunchbox unless they understand a teen’s full metabolic and activity profile?

“Psychologically, these food rules created in such a misinformed and conflicting way (avocado lumped in with unhealthy fats) can lead to eating disorders of any type.”

As the NSW Government reveals its new canteens strategy still lets kids eat chips and diet soft drink, it’s clear what we really need is EDUCATION. If officials can’t make the effort to address obesity in a balanced, sensitive way, it’s the kids who will continue to suffer.

Do you think it’s okay for teachers to criticise kids’ lunchboxes?

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