In an effort to curb the rising rate of obesity in the country, a number of nurseries in UK have banned the usage of cakes and other sweets on birthdays or during break time as part of the "Pre-School Nutrition Project".
Set up by Knowsley Borough Council and Chester University, the initiative sees nurseries holding on to any sweets or cakes distributed in the class and handed over to the parents at the end of the day. The initiative also suggests reducing the stock cubes and gravy in meals and thereby lessening the amount of saturated fat, sugar and salt in the child's diet.
AdvertisementHowever the scheme has its fair number of critics who claim that completely banning sweets and cakes could lead to children rebelling against the rule.
"I am all for nurseries encouraging children to eat healthier. But banning sweets on birthdays is taking it too far. If you ban things completely some children will obviously rebel and it can be counterproductive", Nick Seaton of the Campaign for Real Education said.