Children Believe Fish Fingers are Made of Chicken03 June 2013
UK - Research conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) among more than 27,500 children across the UK, shows that nearly a third (29 per cent) of primary school children think that cheese comes from plants, one in ten secondary school children believe that tomatoes grow under the ground, and nearly one in five (18 per cent) primary school children say that fish fingers come from chicken.
The survey, the largest of its kind, was conducted as part of the BNF’s Healthy Eating Week, launched today by HRH The Princess Royal. More than 3,000 schools are participating in the Week during which over 1.2 million children will be learning valuable lessons about healthy eating, cooking and where foods come from.
Roy Ballam, Education Programme Manager at the British Nutrition Foundation, said: “Schools throughout the UK require a national framework and guidance for food and nutrition education to support the learning needs of children and young people, especially at a time when levels of childhood obesity are soaring.
“Through Healthy Eating Week, we hope to start the process of re-engaging children with the origins of food, nutrition and cooking, so that they grow up with a fuller understanding of how food reaches them and what a healthy diet and lifestyle consists of.
“The fact that so many schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have registered to participate in the Week demonstrates their understanding of how important healthy eating is and their commitment to giving children a solid grounding from which to create healthy lives for themselves.”
John Reed, Chairman of the British Poultry Council, said: “The British Poultry Council is proud to work with the British Nutrition Foundation at a time when food and nutrition are becoming more and more important in the curriculum.
“Poultry has a crucial role to play in healthy diets and I’m delighted to contribute to this new approach in schools.”
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