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Government wants to ban packed lunches in favour of healthy school dinners

A new report into nutrition in schools has found that school dinners are not popular.

Government wants to ban packed lunches in favour of healthy school dinners

A few years ago it was the turkey twizzler that was causing problems, but now it is the packed lunch.

The Government wants schools to ban them to encourage more parents to pay for healthier school dinners instead.

A new report into nutrition in schools has found that school dinners have improved significantly since celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's high-profile campaign, but they are not that popular.

Speaking to Channel 5’s News Talk Live Henry Dimbleby, Founder of Leon Restaurants said: “It is possible to get a varied diet over the week with a packed lunch.”

“Most of the people who have sandwiches have cheese and ham and they just don’t get the number of vegetables that they do from a school dinner,” he added.

The solution to the problem is that “headteachers need to serve something that children want to eat.”

Chris Snowdon from the Institute of Economic Affairs old News Talk Live presenter Emma Crosby: “I don’t think there’s any evidence, for one thing, that people who eat packed lunches are more obese than people who don’t.”

“We’re not talking about making the food better, we’re talking about making it more nutritious in a very narrow, foody type way,” he added, “the whole problem is that under the Jamie Oliver regime the Government decided to legislate to force children to eat this horrible food and a lot of kids don’t like eating broccoli, cous-cous and so on”.

“If you want kids to eat school meals more, the thing to do would be make it more appealing, make it tastier”.