RESTAURANTS ARE being quizzed by a “team of parents” in a bid to improve the menu options available to children when eating out.
The initiative is part of the new “Out to Lunch” campaign being run by organic babyfood company Organix and the Soil Association.
Parents are currently reviewing 21 chain restaurants and reporting back on their experience of eating out with their children. The Soil Association is also contacting restaurants to analyse menu choices.
“With one in three children leaving primary school overweight or obese, it’s widely agreed this problem needs tackling from all angles,” said Soil Association researcher Amy Leech. “We want to see healthy, traceable food on the menu for children in restaurants, not just the usual suspects with chips.”
Organix MD Anna Rosier claimed “many restaurant children’s menus consist of only a few, often unhealthy choices [which] surely isn’t fair when adults get a whole host of freshly cooked dishes to choose from?”
The results are expected in July.