Over seven in ten primary schools teachers say that students' lunchboxes should be monitored, and 95 per cent are concerned about the eating habits of their pupils.
The survey, conducted by the educational programme Eat Like A Champ, was made up of more than 500 primary school teachers. It was undertaken following earlier findings which showed that 26.9 per cent of children in year six in the Bath area are overweight or obese.
Half of the teachers admitted that their pupils showed minimal or no healthy eating knowledge, and just 48 per cent had pupils who consumed one portion of fruit and veg in the day. 90 per cent suggested that including healthy eating on the curriculum for students of all ages would be beneficial.
More than two-thirds of primary school teachers agree that they hold some responsibility for ensuring students are eating healthily, and as such, 72 per cent are calling for lunchboxes to be monitored.
Helen Skelton, an ambassador for Eat Like A Champ, said: "We know that teachers work extremely hard, and it is encouraging to see that so many of them are enthusiastic about healthy eating education and having a real impact on their pupils' eating habits."
The 'Eat Like A Champ' programme was created by Danone in collaboration with the British Nutrition Foundation. It is designed to empower children through education, giving them the knowledge they need to make healthy choices when it comes to eating.
Posted by Tim Colman