UK Obesity and School food: UK Govt researches Head Teachers

English: These children, playing in a public s...

English: These children, playing in a public space, vary in their proportion of body fat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

self-made picture of child who weighs somewher...

self-made picture of child who weighs somewhere between 200 and 210 pounds. i blocked out his face for his own protection. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an interesting piece of research published by the UK’s Department of Education. It’s well WORTH A READ.

via School food: head teachers’ and school senior managers’ perceptions survey – Publications – Inside Government – GOV.UK.

The large scale survey interviewed head teachers’ and school senior managers’ on their perceptions on school food.

Personally, in times of extreme austerity, I struggled with the value-added by this survey. For me, I would have liked to see a series of research questions to be addressed or perhaps even a hypothesis or two. Also I was uncomfortable with the research methodology, given such a large survey.

However, what really concerned me was the wider context of the survey. For me, the survey questions were largely simplistic and failed to address more fundamental questions in contemporary UK society about stunning and increasing levels of childhood obesity in the UK.

Let me express it differently, as an open question:

How should research into school food in the UK be addressing the crisis levels of childhood obesity?

Any thoughts?

 

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