Junk food and sugary drinks are fuelling obesity epidemics among school kids worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Packed lunches can help kids stave off extra pounds but only about half of South African school kids take lunch to school, many parents may be wondering what’s for lunch.
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Almost 18 percent of South African children under the age of 15 years are either overweight or obese, according to the South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
According to the survey, about half of all children between the ages of 10 and 14 years do not take a packed lunch to school. The same proportion of children said they took lunch money to school, leaving their parents little or no chance to police what makes up their midday meal.
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About 30 percent of children reported that they did not carry lunch boxes to school because there was nothing at home to put in them.
On the heels of a new WHO report that encourages schools worldwide to develop healthy standards for food distributed in schools or sold outside to curb obesity, we take a look at what’s for lunch for three South African families in Alexandra outside Johannesburg.
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