Lunch box shaming is real for NT parents
THE pressure of providing a nutritious lunch has parents highly stressed that they are packing the wrong foods for their kids.
New research shows making lunches is a minefield with the lunch box “police” ruling that packing up the leftovers from last night’s dinner is a big fail.
“Many parents are shocked to learn that foods they perceive to be healthier options such as the low-fat version of yoghurt or milk and pre-packaged meals are actually not healthy or nutritious,” accredited dietitian Kate Save said.
Local mum to three daughters Lorraine Palmer said the school her children attended had requested no junk food – and even poppers were discouraged.
“Sometimes we put a little treat in. The school has never said anything,” she said.
“You do feel like you are being pressured, like you are being judged.”
Ms Palmer said she packed her children fruit, a sandwich and crackers or a wrap and a muesli bar.
More than 1000 parents were surveyed for the Capilano Family Nutrition Report, which found that more than one in 10 had been made to feel guilty by a teacher or fellow parent over their child’s lunch.
Many parents are clueless as to daily dietary recommendations.
Almost two-thirds did not know how many serves of vegetables a child aged 4-8 should be eating, and three-quarters were stumped for ages 9-11.
The Palmer family – Sophie, 7, Elise, 3, Lorraine, and Olivia, 8 – eat healthy