College meals ought to embrace fewer puddings and extra contemporary greens, in keeping with a report.
Weight problems Motion Scotland (OAS) stated enhancements to high school meals may play an vital half in lowering childhood weight problems.
It desires to spotlight the difficulty forward of the council elections in two weeks’ time.
The Scottish authorities stated a evaluation of faculty foods and drinks dietary requirements was below manner.
OAS is asking on native authorities election candidates to commit to remodel faculty meals in Scotland “from a feeding tradition to an consuming tradition”.
The organisation stated it needed unprocessed or “minimally processed” meals used wherever potential and greens, soup and salads prioritised over puddings.
Its report discovered faculty dinners different “dramatically” throughout Scotland, with many major colleges serving puddings extra typically than soup.
Two-thirds of major faculty pupils in Scotland eat faculty meals and OAS stated this offered a “distinctive alternative” to drive dietary change.
Lorraine Tulloch, from OAS, stated: “We’re calling on native authorities election candidates to commit to remodel faculty meals throughout Scotland to make sure youngsters have a wholesome and comfortable expertise with meals.
“Change is feasible and we now have highlighted areas the place that change is beginning to occur, however extra motion is required and larger precedence and a spotlight must be given to this topic to make sure we provide all our youngsters the very best begin in life.”
The Scottish authorities stated all native authorities had an obligation to offer faculty meals that meet strict dietary necessities.
A spokesman added: “Wholesome Consuming In Colleges steering exists to assist native authorities and colleges meet the present requirement. This contains recommendation on making puddings more healthy.
“The deputy first minister confirmed on 5 March 2017 evaluation of those faculty foods and drinks dietary requirements is below manner to make sure the dietary requirements are the very best they are often.
“The evaluation may also contemplate whether or not faculty meals provision may be additional improved, in mild of the newest proof from the scientific advisory committee on diet.”
A research final 12 months discovered that since 2005 more than one in 10 children in Scotland had began major faculty chubby or overweight.
The figures confirmed nearly 83,000 4 to five-year-olds entered P1 carrying extra weight between 2005-2006 and 2014-2015.