Every child has a right to nutritious food. When children eat better, they do better: they’re in better shape to reach their potential.
By getting them eating well today, we’re creating the healthier adults of tomorrow: adults who are less likely to suffer health conditions linked to poor diet. That means cutting costs for the NHS, a more productive workforce and families passing on better food habits to future generations.
But it’s a huge challenge:
- Children aren’t eating enough fruit and veg, but too much saturated fat, sugar and salt
- Around one in five children are overweight or obese as they start school; that rises to one in three by the time they leave primary school
- Teachers continue to report children coming to school hungry
- Families coping on the tightest food budgets say they put calories before nutrition just to get food on the table