College meals ought to embody fewer puddings and extra recent greens, in response to a report.
Weight problems Motion Scotland (OAS) stated enhancements to highschool meals might play an vital half in decreasing childhood weight problems.
It desires to focus on the difficulty forward of the council elections in two weeks’ time.
The Scottish authorities stated a assessment of faculty food and drinks dietary requirements was underneath method.
OAS is looking on native authorities election candidates to commit to remodel college meals in Scotland “from a feeding tradition to an consuming tradition”.
The organisation stated it needed unprocessed or “minimally processed” meals used wherever doable and greens, soup and salads prioritised over puddings.
Its report discovered college dinners diversified “dramatically” throughout Scotland, with many major faculties serving puddings extra typically than soup.
Two-thirds of major college pupils in Scotland eat college meals and OAS stated this supplied a “distinctive alternative” to drive dietary change.
Lorraine Tulloch, from OAS, stated: “We’re calling on native authorities election candidates to commit to remodel college meals throughout Scotland to make sure youngsters have a wholesome and joyful expertise with meals.
“Change is feasible and we have now highlighted areas the place that change is beginning to occur, however extra motion is required and better precedence and a spotlight must be given to this topic to make sure we provide all our youngsters the most effective begin in life.”
The Scottish authorities stated all native authorities had an obligation to supply college meals that meet strict dietary necessities.
A spokesman added: “Wholesome Consuming In Colleges steerage exists to assist native authorities and faculties meet the present requirement. This consists of recommendation on making puddings more healthy.
“The deputy first minister confirmed on 5 March 2017 assessment of those college food and drinks dietary requirements is underneath method to make sure the dietary requirements are the most effective they are often.
“The assessment can even think about whether or not college meals provision will be additional improved, in gentle of the most recent proof from the scientific advisory committee on diet.”
A research final 12 months discovered that since 2005 more than one in 10 children in Scotland had began major college obese or overweight.
The figures confirmed nearly 83,000 4 to five-year-olds entered P1 carrying extra weight between 2005-2006 and 2014-2015.