Pupils in a London borough blighted by child obesity are clubbing together to take advantage of discounted deals on junk food, experts warned today.
Teenagers were seen showing a “consumer mindset” to cash in on “bogof” [buy one, get one free] deals for less than the cost of a school dinner.Hurrah! At last, the maths lessons are getting through!
The findings emerged in an academic study into the eating habits of pupils at three secondary schools in Haringey, where the council wants to limit fast-food takeaways within 400 metres of schools.Why are we paying whackademics to study this sort of thing?
Professor Caraher suggested schools adopt a “closed gates” policy at lunchtime, to ensure pupils ate more nutritious school meals.
“I think there is a duty of care for schools that we should be keeping kids on the premises,” he said.Well, of course you do. That's because you're a tiresome little control freak. And I wouldn't bet against the kids finding some other way to get around any restrictions you care to dream up anyway...
“Most of the purchasing was in pairs or small groups. We were quite astounded by that. It was pupils combining resources to get a good deal.”
More than half of pupils at the other schools would seek cheap deals, finding 99p options like chips and curry sauce or small pizzas preferable to a £2.20 school lunch.Money’s tight. Why should they be expected to stump up for a more-expensive meal, yet not expected to have to bear the cost of a uniform?