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Findings Series 35 - 'Out of School' Foods

Date: June 2012
Category: Briefing Paper
Work programme: Young people and the urban environment
Author: Fiona Crawford

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This Briefing Paper summarises research on how the quality of popular foods purchased by secondary school pupils from outlets near Glasgow secondary schools compared with mandatory nutrient standards set for food and drinks provided by schools in Scotland.

The main objectives of the research were:

  • To describe numbers and type of commercial outlets near five Glasgow secondary schools.
  • To identify outlets popular with pupils and observe pupil purchasing behaviour
  • To purchase and analyse a sample of popular savoury food items to compare nutritional quality against Scottish nutrient standards for school lunches