It is a critical time for children’s food in England. Brexit is in progress with an uncertain outcome, public and political attitudes towards the climate and nature crises are evolving at a rapid pace, and we have been promised an ambitious National Food Strategy.
Our State of the Nation 2019 report digs deeper into what children are eating in the early years and throughout school, out and about, and in the home. The results reveal that there is much work to be done.
- At least 60% of secondary schools are failing to comply with the School Food Standards
- 4 in 10 children leaving primary school will be overweight or obese by 2024
- 9 out of 10 preschool children eat too much sugar
- UK families eat the most ultra-processed diet in Europe
The report sets out our 5 recommendations for government action which aim to tackle the inter-related crises of climate, nature and health, and highlighting the value of real, fresh food - which is often overlooked in the hype around obesity and calories.
Our 5 key recommendations for government action and investment;
- Introduce a ‘plant protein day’ in schools
- Set an ambitious target for organic in public procurement, including in schools
- Ensure compliance with School Food Standards
- And most importantly, ensure adequate funding for school meals to enable the above
- Extend the Soft Drinks Industry Levy to artificial sweeteners
Our thanks to English Tea Shop, who are pleased to sponsor the publication of this report.