SINGAPORE - I appreciate the good intentions of the Clean Plate Campaign to reduce food wastage in schools ("Kids fight food wastage, one plate at a time"; last Saturday).
But pushing young children to finish every morsel of food on their plates goes against the advice of paediatricians to allow them to self-regulate by eating until they feel full, and no further.
Recognising one's personal point of satiety is key to developing the self-discipline to avoid obesity later in life.
Timid pupils might feel forced to overeat, or be afraid to discard food that may be spoilt.
A small-sized pupil who knows he cannot finish the usual portion might even be discouraged from buying food during recess.
Instead of using peer pressure and prizes to reduce food wastage, a healthier way would be to teach children to request a smaller portion at the point of purchase if they have small appetites or are not feeling particularly hungry.
Estella Young (Ms)
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