HEALTH: BORG (EU), "ONE CHILD OUT OF 3 IS OVERWEIGHT, HEALTHY SCHOOL MEALS"” “

(Sir Europe – Brussels) – Controlled calorie and fat intake; a virtually total ban on soda and sugary drinks; priority to low-calorie foods; definition of standard servings. The European Commission asked the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to conduct a survey of school meals, which has been presented today, in the 28 EU member states plus Switzerland and Norway. The aim is to find ways to promote healthy eating, not least because of the widespread problem of obesity among young people in Europe. "Nearly one child out of three in Europe is overweight or obese, so they may suffer from a number of conditions that could be prevented, including type-2 diabetes", Health Commissioner Tonio Borg explains. "Schools are important partners, and their help adds up to the efforts made to encourage children to acquire healthy eating habits, so that they can grow in good health, be successful at school and accomplish their full potentials". The survey shows that all monitored states have laid down rules about well-balanced menus and nutritional standards for their school meals. Usually, shop-bought cakes and savoury snacks are banned, calories and fats adhere to accurate standards, and the products sold by vending machines "are restricted in about one half of those countries". 

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