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COMPARE THE EATING HABITS AMONG

SCHOOL CHILDREN IN ENGLAND AND SERBIA

Good eating habits among school-age children play a significant part in the physical and
psychological growth of our country's young. Good eating habits encourage growth and reduce
some risks associated with both direct and long-term health issues. The value of food habits at an
early age has been recognized as essential knowledge for a healthy population, and many
countries use that for the education of their school children about healthy habits. Healthy
nutrition intervention needs to occur early in childhood and adolescence in order to prevent or
reverse the health effects of overweight and poor eating habits. It’s a fact that today more people
are dying from obesity than from hunger. Because of that the school system should provide the
right knowledge about nutrition.

The choice of the British Government to encourage schools to offer healthier food to their
children is a step forward to a healthier population. In the case of Rawmarsh Comprehensive
school in Yorkshire, we can see that school is offering multiple healthy meals that will help
children to concentrate better. Also, maybe cutting lunch break from one hour to 30 minutes is
too much for kids in British schools, but if we compare that with Serbian schools where lunch
break in elementary school is 20 minutes or even 15 minutes in high school, we can see that
there is enough time for the meal. My opinion is that those two mothers make a really bad
decision for making extra unhealthy meals for their and other children in that school. Burgers,
chips, and fizzy drinks won't contribute to a healthier lifestyle in school. We can see that John
Lambert put out some evidence that there is an improvement in behavior and learning since they
implement new healthy meals on a daily routine.

In Serbia, this system is very poor and it is not developed. Our school children don’t have
prepared food in school that is waiting for them like in other country’s school systems. Because
of that school children in Serbia are eating uncooked food, like sandwiches, burgers or other
types of fast food that don’t have essential nutrients for the development of the human organism.
Pretty much all of the fast-food restaurants make their food on industrial oil that can be one of
the main reasons for development of high cholesterol levels in human blood. We can also see the
difference in the length of the lunch break, which provides British school kids more time to eat.

My opinion is that the Serbian system should more be like Britain's model. I think that
that should be game-changer. I assume that government experts know much more about nutrition
in our age that we do. So they can make better decisions for us in order to make a better and
healthier school population.