ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – In a crackdown against child obesity, schoolchildren are being refused second helpings of food at lunchtime.
Councils and education chiefs in Wales have told kitchen staff to stop providing extra portions in order to teach children sensible eating habits, according to The Telegraph.
Taking steps even further to fight childhood obesity, some school administrators are limiting students’ intake of sugar by preventing them from having extra pudding. If some students are still hungry after lunch is served, they are being served dry slices of bread.
The Telegraph reported that since 2007, 45 teenagers have had gastric bands, bypasses or stomach staples in order to limit the amount of food they eat to lose weight.
“We would never want to see children having school meals going hungry,” a government spokesperson told The Telegraph. “We have provided schools with suggested portion sizes which cater for changing nutritional requirements as children get older.”
The childhood obesity fight in the United States has received more support in recent years in order to decrease the number of children who are obese.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity among low-income preschoolers declined slightly in 19 states and U.S. territories including Georgia, from 2008 through 2011.
Previous research had shown that one in eight preschoolers is overweight.
“Although obesity remains epidemic, the tide has begun to turn for some kids in some states,” said CDC Director, Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., in a press release. “While the changes are small, for the first time in a generation they are going in the right direction. Obesity in early childhood increases the risk of serious health problems for life.”