College meals ought to embody fewer puddings and extra contemporary greens, based on a report.
Weight problems Motion Scotland (OAS) mentioned enhancements to high school meals might play an necessary half in decreasing childhood weight problems.
It needs to spotlight the difficulty forward of the council elections in two weeks’ time.
The Scottish authorities mentioned a overview of college foods and drinks dietary requirements was below means.
OAS is looking on native authorities election candidates to commit to rework faculty meals in Scotland “from a feeding tradition to an consuming tradition”.
The organisation mentioned it wished unprocessed or “minimally processed” meals used wherever attainable and greens, soup and salads prioritised over puddings.
Its report discovered faculty dinners various “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 mentioned this supplied a “distinctive alternative” to drive dietary change.
Lorraine Tulloch, from OAS, mentioned: “We’re calling on native authorities election candidates to commit to rework faculty meals throughout Scotland to make sure kids 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 higher precedence and a focus must be given to this topic to make sure we provide all our youngsters the perfect begin in life.”
The Scottish authorities mentioned all native authorities had an obligation to offer faculty meals that meet strict dietary necessities.
A spokesman added: “Wholesome Consuming In Faculties steerage exists to assist native authorities and colleges meet the present requirement. This consists of recommendation on making puddings more healthy.
“The deputy first minister confirmed on 5 March 2017 overview of those faculty foods and drinks dietary requirements is below means to make sure the dietary requirements are the perfect they are often.
“The overview will even think about whether or not faculty meals provision might be additional improved, in mild of the most recent proof from the scientific advisory committee on vitamin.”
A examine final yr 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.