Saturday, April 02, 2005

Junk food 'helps pupils pass exams': UK Telegraph

Telegraph | News | Junk food 'helps pupils pass exams': "

Children do better in exams if they are given junk food for lunch, new research has found.

The findings seem to contradict the approach taken by the chef Jamie Oliver, who has run a campaign for healthier school meals.

Jamie Oliver
The findings contradict Jamie Oliver's approach

Researchers found that struggling schools were manipulating their lunch menus to give pupils a lift before vital exams.

The menus were loaded with pizzas, hot dogs, chocolate drinks and biscuits and improved test results immediately afterwards.

The research, conducted in America and published in the British Journal of Public Economics, found that many American schools used computers to monitor the nutritional content of their meals."

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