It is a hard spot for teachers seeing what they consider “unhealthy” foods. I remember talking to a teacher that attended a professional development day where they conducted an experiment where instead of serving the usual stuff (wraps, sandwiches, fruit, etc) they only served packaged foods that typically come in kids lunchboxes. The feedback all round was that trying to learn at the PD was very difficult and that everyone felt massively tired and hard to concentrate by the end of it.
I don’t necessarily think that teachers should be judging lunchboxes, but it certainly makes it hard for teachers to see some of the content of lunch boxes knowing that these children are likely going to be affected by what they are eating. No, teachers are not nutritionists, but they do spend a lot of time and energy worrying about our kids and wanting the best for them.
I have experience with children in multiple settings and it is sad to see a child with a lunchbox full of packaged foods, there were even some parents bringing in McDonalds for lunches.
The key to all this is education: educate EVERYONE about nutrition and healthy choices, educate about balanced diets.
Published 19th February 2020