Boxing up Obesity


Healthy eating has always been a debate when it comes to school lunches and dinners. We’ve seen many people try and change them and have even seen the decrease of greasy and unhealthy foods at schools, thanks to the likes of Jamie Oliver.

However, when it comes to the subject of obesity, we can’t simple blame the cause of it happening due school dinners alone.

In fact, you would need to look closer to home and assess a child’s eating habits at home to tackle and prevent a child reaching that unhealthy stage.

A school in Birmingham is trying to do exactly that. Hillstone Primary School in Shard End are buying healthy organic food boxes in order to sell to the parents of the pupils. The food boxes reportedly can feed a family of 4 people for a whole week and have been made by the chef at the school.

Gillian Sparrow, the Head Teacher of the school has said how the idea of the organic boxes came about due to the rising level of obesity within the school itself, which became a concern for her. She has said, “We are concerned about childhood obesity, as many schools are, so we wanted to encourage healthy eating in the community.”

The catering manager, Matthew Knight, has created the meals which include chicken pie, chicken burritos and cottage pie, as well as others. Gillian is hoping that these boxes would be able to, “transform the children’s eating habits” in addition to saving money for their parents.

Statistics show that 1 in 4 pupils are actually already overweight by the time that they start primary school. This then increases to 1 in 3 by the time that they have left school.


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