According to iNews, researchers uncovered the £600m free school meals policy has led to a steady decline of the average BMI over the school year.
The study by Birgitta Rabe and Angus Holford at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex recorded the impact of the policy, which sees all four- to seven-year-olds in English primary schools receiving a free midday meal.
They uncovered “a steady decline of average BMI over the school year, totalling approximately 7% of a standard deviation, which suggests that the school environment has a beneficial influence on the energy balance of children”.
The new healthy school meals cost £437 a year for each child, and were prompted by campaigns from Jamie Oliver. Their introduction has decreased the use of home-packed lunches for Britain’s youngest children.
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