For most children, dessert is the favorite part of a meal. Angel Delight, jelly and ice cream, the list of favorite childhood puddings is endless.
However, staff at Scott Wilkie Elementary School have banned lunchtime puddings, as they believe the treats “are impacting their education”.
The school – based in Newham, east London – will instead use money previously spent on dessert to provide children with a healthy morning snack, such as fruit bowls, yoghurt and granola bars , reports The mirror.
Executive director Keri Edge said removing sugary treats from lunchtime means pupils will be more engaged in learning.
She said: “After leaving school, in what other area of life do you eat high sugar puddings after lunch every day? The answer is nowhere.
“Newham has one of the highest rates of obesity for children in the country and we need to think more carefully about the amount and type of food and exercise we provide our children.
“Our children used to sit down with their main meal and pudding and while their backs were turned they would eat the pudding before the main course.
“It eliminated that problem and gave the kids more time to play outside with their friends.
“Even as adults, if we have a heavy meal at midday, we’re usually not good for too much in the afternoon. For children, it’s even more pronounced.”
She went on to explain, “We found that they were tired and irritable in the afternoon because they had eaten sweet pudding but then had a huge sugar crash.
“Naturally, this is going to have an impact on their education, their ability to learn and retain information and their overall enjoyment of school.
“The money we saved by not offering puddings was spent on a healthy snack. Every morning our children get something to help them get through lunch.”
Although some parents initially raised questions about the decision to ban the desserts, most have since backed the program after noticing an improvement in their children’s engagement.
Ms Edge added: “We have a very strong relationship with our parents and they trust our expertise when it comes to raising their children.
“We have a very good academic record, but we also care deeply about the well-being and well-being of our children.
“Eating sweet puddings every day of the week just isn’t good for you, whether you’re a child or an adult.”
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