Should schools abolish school canteens to mitigate obesity pandemic?
School canteen is an important source of essential goods like stationary, snacks and others, for both students and staff. However, school canteen can also create another pandemic. School canteen has been cited as a risk factor for increased case of overweight and obesity among students (Taylor, 2008).
Parents have been struggling to watch their children eat at home to ensure that they eat only healthy foods but their efforts are overshadowed by unhealthy eating at school canteen. Considering that most students spend a lot of time at school that at home, the time they spend at school canteen can spell doom on their weight status. Consequently, some schools have bee proposed abolition of school canteens in order to discourage unhealthy eating (Pettigrew, Donovan, Jalleh and Cowie, 2009).