What's in the lunchbox? School lunch inspectors on the prowl
A NAMBOUR mother and advocate of healthy eating has come out in support of school lunch box inspections.
Bek Mugridge said lunch box inspections could be worthwhile if carried out "the right way".
Ms Mugridge made the comment after University of Queensland Professor Michael Gard described the practice of schools inspecting lunch boxes as "perverse" and unlikely to improve children's health.
Prof Gard said concerns about childhood obesity were infringing on parents' rights to choose how to raise and care for their children.
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Ms Mugridge, a single mother of two daughters aged nine and four, who will conduct lunch box food demonstrations at next week's Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show, said she could see merit in lunch box inspections.
"Personally, I think it's a great idea. I think people underestimate how much food affects children, especially their learning, and a lot of parents don't realise what's healthy.
"They rely on packaging and what they're giving their kids could be full of sugar and preservatives and that sort of thing."
Ms Mugridge said inspections would work best by rewarding and encouraging healthy choices rather than criticising unhealthy foods.
"I can see how it could be embarrassing. I can see if it was done in a positive way, it could be a really good thing," she said.
The Daily's Facebook friends were divided on the idea of lunch box inspections.
"No thanks. I enjoy packing lunches for my four kids. They get healthy foods and snacks," wrote Bek Franz.
"The schools already dictate what they can wear and what they can't... if a parent wishes to add a treat in there, so be it!" she wrote.
Viivenne Flower wrote that the money would be better spent on education.
"They could do unofficial inspections just to see whether there are concerns - that the child has food rather than the type of food," she commented.
Amanda Leah did not mind the idea.
"A sandwich, some fruit and a couple of healthy snacks is the way to go in my eyes anyway."