A study from Cardiff University researchers says that
getting children to follow healthy diet means that a ban on unhealthy eating is
The study examined the eating habits of children in 43
schools located in south Wales and south west England. The researchers asked 23
schools to set up fruit tuck shops. These shops sold a variety of fruit at a
fixed price, but there were no sweets for sale.
After one year it was found that the tuck shops had sold
70,000 pieces of fruit. The students were asked about their fruit and snack
intake during the previous day. The study found that tuck shops alone were
unable to discourage unhealthy eating, but they were very effective in schools
that had a fruit only policy.
"Our results suggest that children are more willing
to use fruit tuck shops and eat fruit as a snack at school if they and their
friends are not allowed to take in unhealthy snacks," said Professor
Laurence Moore, from the Cardiff Institute. "This highlights the
importance of friends' behaviour and of peer modeling, and of the need for
schools to put policies in place to back up health interventions."
However the National
Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) was not pleased with this study and said it
was not in favor of imposing on kids.