ScotRail accused of ‘attacking’ striking staff on social media

Disruption is expected on Sunday as a result of strike action by the RMT union over rest day payments.

Mark Ruskell, the transport spokesman for the Scottish Greens, urged the operator to resolve the dispute.
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Mark Ruskell, the transport spokesman for the Scottish Greens, urged the operator to resolve the dispute.

The Scottish Greens have accused Scotland’s biggest rail provider of “attacking” striking staff online.

ScotRail, who deny the allegations, has posted on Twitter in recent days informing customers of impending disruption on Sunday as a result of strike action by the RMT union over rest day payments.

Mark Ruskell, the transport spokesman for the Scottish Greens, urged the operator to resolve the dispute.

“The transport secretary must make it immediately clear to (ScotRail operator) Abellio that it has a duty to its staff, and passengers, to resolve this situation,” he said.


“It is a problem of the operator’s own making and one that it has an obligation to fix.

“Ministers are ultimately responsible for the operation of our railways and cannot sit back while the private operator attacks the frontline staff who have gone above and beyond during the pandemic to keep our railways running.

“The Scottish Greens are strongly supportive of moves to bring ScotRail entirely into public hands, but until that happens, Government must keep pressure on the private operator to respect their industrial obligations and treat their workers with respect.”

The disruption is expected to hit Scotland fans, who will be returning north of the border over the weekend following the men’s national team game in London on Friday night.


Following the messages from ScotRail, the official RMT Twitter account accused the operator of trying to turn the public against the striking workers.

“These pathetic attempts to turn the public against your own members of staff really need to stop @ScotRail,” it said.

“Instead of these despicable social media own goals why not try and negotiate a settlement with us?”

David Simpson, the operations director at ScotRail, accused the union of spreading “misinformation”.

He said: “Hundreds of fans are expected to travel back to Scotland on Sunday, after the match on Friday, and we have a duty to let people know that when they do return, there will be very few services operating due to strike action by the RMT.

“You would think the Scottish Greens would realise that we are meeting our obligation to customers by advising them to make sure they have arranged their onward travel from Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley and they would not repeat the continuing misinformation put out by the RMT.

“The RMT strike is completely wrong, divisive and is putting the jobs of clear thinking, reasonable colleagues at risk.”

‘I’ll need to eat less, keep the heating off and watch every penny’

Ron Graham is among millions set to lose £1000 a year when a temporary Universal Credit increase is removed.

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Millions of people across the UK are set to lose more than £1000 a year when a temporary increase in Universal Credit is removed next week.

Ron Graham is one of them – he has worked for most of his life, but is now preparing to cut down on food and heating in a bid to make ends meet.

Claimants were given an extra £20 a week in response to the pandemic last year, but despite appeals from many, the scheme is due to end on October 6.

Mr Graham, a 63-year-old grandfather from Irvine, North Ayrshire, has suffered from mental health problems and fears for his future after the financial boost is taken away.


‘We’ll have to huddle in one room’

“I’ll just need to cut back,” he told STV News. “Eat less, not put the heating on, just watch every penny.

“£20 isn’t a lot to some, but believe me, it makes a massive difference. I’ll not be able to buy so much and I might not be able to put my heating on.

“Instead, I’ll have to put an extra jumper on, maybe a dressing gown and we’ll have to huddle up in one room.”


Mr Graham turned to Universal Credit after his painting and decorating business shut down and people he had loaned money to failed to pay him back.

‘Phone calls and letters demanded money’

A friend who worked in mental health recognised the signs of his deteriorating state – something he credits with saving his life.

“I’d planned suicide,” Mr Graham said. “I was scared to go to bed at night because I didn’t know what the next day was going to bring.

“There were phone calls and letters with demands for money and I was rarely able to put my heating on.”

The UK Government has stressed that the Universal Credit increase was always temporary and that ministers were focused on getting people back into work.

But Mr Graham and other claimants who have contributed to the Treasury for many years feel that they are not asking for much.


“I feel annoyed and angry that I’m left in this situation, having contributed for all these years,” he said

“You’re not looking for handouts, you’re only looking for a hand up and what you’re actually due.”

‘Perfect storm’

Emma Jackson, national director for Christians Against Poverty Scotland, said families relying on Universal Credit were being “devastated” at a time when food and fuel prices were rising.

She said: “It’s almost like a perfect storm. The rise in food and fuel prices comes at the same time people are going to lose this lifeline from their budget.

“We have an opportunity to pull back from the cliff edge and we have the opportunity to make a different choice.

“It’s not too late for the UK Government to keep the Universal Credit uplift and now is the time for the Scottish Government to act and double the Scottish Child Payment immediately and not wait for the end of the parliamentary term.”

‘Uplift was always temporary’

A UK Government spokesperson said: “As announced by the chancellor at the Budget, the uplift to Universal Credit was always temporary.

“It was designed to help claimants through the economic shock and financial disruption of the toughest stages of the pandemic, and it has done so.

“Universal Credit will continue to provide vital support for those both in and out of work and it’s right that the government should focus on our plan for jobs, supporting people back into work and supporting those already employed to progress and earn more.”

Free bus travel for young people set to clear final hurdle

The new project will go live in January after a Covid-related delay.

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The Scottish Greens negotiated the initiative in pre-budget deals in the last parliamentary session.

A scheme granting free bus travel to people under 22 is set to clear its final hurdle on Tuesday.

Securing travel for those under 19 and an expansion of the scheme the following year, the Scottish Greens negotiated the initiative in pre-budget deals in the last parliamentary session.

The new project will go live in January after a Covid-related delay.

The Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee will be asked to approve subordinate legislation to impose the change on Tuesday, clearing the way for the start of the scheme.


“This important policy takes a vital step forward today as it clears a parliamentary hurdle,” said Green transport and climate spokesman Mark Ruskell.

“Free bus travel for young people is not only a transformational policy in terms of family budgets and opening up opportunities for young people, it can help shift people out of car use and help tackle the climate emergency.

“What’s more, as we recover from the pandemic, this policy will be vital in encouraging people back on to public transport safely to ensure we have a green recovery.

“The Scottish Greens believe public transport should be free at the point of use and serve all our communities, and January will see a major step forward to this aim.”

Social care sector ‘on its knees’ amid recruitment crisis

Concerns have been raised over the difficulties in attracting people into jobs.

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The social care sector in Scotland is “on its knees”, it has been claimed, amid a warning that a lack of new recruits could force services to grind to a halt.

Lynn Bell, CEO of LOVE Group, a care provider based in Hamilton, highlighted the recruitment crisis in the sector in an interview with STV News.

And she explained that her organisation has had to consider prioritising certain care packages as a contingency measure in place of not delivering care.

“I think the social care sector is actually on its knees in terms of recruitment,” Bell said.


“What we are trying to do is attract people into a sector that’s broken.

“We could quite literally hire 500 people tomorrow and we can’t attract people into the jobs.

“So, it’s been quite disastrous and without exaggeration, the care sector itself is going to grind to a halt and people’s care might stop.”

She added: “Care is going to stop. People are going to stop receiving their care at home, it is an absolute fact.


“And as a care company, we have already started to look at prioritising certain care packages as a contingency to not delivering care.”

Bell indicated that the sector is experiencing challenges with recruitment across the board.

“It will quite literally stop and that doesn’t just apply to our organisation, that applies to every organisation,” she said.

“We go into provider meetings with local authorities, local authorities are providing care to families and everybody has the same message.

“Everybody is struggling, nobody can recruit and we just can’t get the bodies through the door.

“So, it will quite literally stop and we’re not far away.”

Donald Macaskill, chief executive of Scottish Care, urged national and local government to invest in care.


He said: “We rewards people who make things and who work with machines better than we reward people who deliver care and work with people.

“We need to change that. We need national and local government to invest in care and that ultimately means making decisions around prioritising the care workforce.”

Irn-Bru deliveries suffer from HGV driver shortage

AG Barr reveals it is struggling to make deliveries of its drinks due to HGV and supply chain issues.

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Irn Bru maker AG Barr is struggling to make deliveries.

Irn-Bru maker AG Barr has revealed it is struggling to make deliveries of its drinks due to the HGV and supply chain issues.

The company said it continues to “monitor closely” the situation and is hopeful the issues can be resolved soon.

Updating the stock market, bosses said: “In recent weeks we have seen increased challenges across the UK road haulage fleet, associated in part with the Covid-19 pandemic, impacting customer deliveries and inbound materials.

“In addition, the risks associated with the wider labour pool and the current Covid-19 pandemic response are areas we continue to monitor closely.”


The warnings came as the company revealed sales remain strong despite the pandemic, with growth returning following the reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants.

Bosses said there had been a heavy shift to at-home drinking of their products but with restrictions easing more customers are buying drinks on-the-go and in the hospitality sector.

Its pre-mixed cocktail brand Funkin saw some of the strongest growth in the six months to August 1 compared with a year ago, they added.

At-home cocktail sales rose 114.3% to £10.2m and bar sales soared 229.5% following reopenings.


In the six-month period, total sales rose 19.5% to £135.3m compared with the same period a year ago.

Pre-tax profits were also up nearly four-fold from £5.1m to £24.4m – due to a £7m writedown on its Strathmore water brand recorded in results last year.

Chief executive Roger White said: “AG Barr is a growth-focused business operating in resilient and growing market categories, with dynamic brands, great people and a strong financial position.

“Our positive first-half performance reflects these fundamentals as well as the encouraging performance of recent innovation launches in both soft drinks and cocktails.”

‘About 400,000 Scots missed energy payment after running out of cash’

A poll found nearly one-third of people had spent all their money before payday in the last 12 months.

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It comes just as the energy price cap is set to increase.

Nearly 400,000 Scots missed an energy payment in the past year after running out of cash before payday, a poll has indicated, with a price hike due at the end of the week.

Nearly one-third (32%) of people said they had spent all their money before payday in the past 12 months, of whom 28% said they could not meet a gas or electricity bill at least once as a result.

The findings have prompted warnings from Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS), which commissioned the survey, that the coming week could be a “tipping point for thousands more”.

At the end of this week, the energy price cap – which limits the amount suppliers can charge for their default tariffs – is to increase by £139 from £1138 to £1277.


Meanwhile, with some energy firms going out of business, there are fears that people could have to pay more when they are transferred over to a different power supplier.

CAS also warned of budget pressures due to next month’s proposed £1040 per year Universal Credit cut and furlough winding down at the end of September.

CAS fair markets spokeswoman, Kate Morrison, said: “The crisis in the market is almost certainly going to mean higher bills for people well into next year, but people were already struggling massively during the pandemic.

“With furlough winding down and Universal Credit being cut by £20 per week, it’s extremely worrying that so many people are missing energy payments as a result of running out of money.


“The coming week could be a tipping point for thousands more.”

CAS also warned that people with a supplier which has gone bust could end up on a higher tariff or miss out on the “lifeline” Warm Homes Discount.

The UK Government scheme opens next month and offers a one-off £140 discount off electricity bills between October and March.

Meanwhile, a think tank report has already warned that a “triple-whammy” of incoming budget pressures over the next six months could leave low income families more than £1000 worse off annually.

The Resolution Foundation said inflation, rising energy bills, the looming health and social care tax and next month’s proposed Universal Credit cut could leave households worse off even after accounting for increases in the minimum wage.

Labour conference: Is Sir Keir Starmer’s time up?

The Labour leader will need a big performance when he speaks at his party conference on Wednesday.

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Sir Keir Starmer is under pressure following a positive start.

Leading a political party these days is a bit like being a football manager for a top side with a historical pedigree.

A by-election setback is like two points dropped at a key point in the season. The ensuing maelstrom is defined by hysteria. Enemies circle, dealing in the uncharitable currency of absurd over exaggeration as they try and embed a narrative of failure to help grease an end game of resignation.

Sir Keir Starmer is a big Arsenal fan and his tribulations find an echo in those of Gunners manager Mikel Arteta, who is judged to be failing a great institution just as Sir Keir is judged to be gifting a fifth successive general election victory to the Conservatives.

Starmer now finds himself needing a big performance when he delivers his leader’s speech to the Labour conference in Brighton on Wednesday. Not that a great speech will be a game changer any more than a pedestrian one will turbo-charge the reverse gear stakes.


The central claims against the Labour leader are that he doesn’t know what he stands for and that he has manifestly failed to carve out a clear policy platform behind which he can rally those who yearn for an end to the Conservatives. The latter charge is entirely fair.

After a promising start when he regularly bested Boris Johnson in the House of Commons, the Labour leader has simply failed to define any big picture vision. His responses have smacked more of platitude than thought-through policy.

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Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer.

Labour has a series of problems that will not be easily rectified and which pre-date Starmer’s leadership. The post-New Labour era has seen the party struggle to assert its traditional values in a modern context. What it means to be Labour has appeared to be a question without resolution. The party collectively bears some responsibility for this state of affairs.

Old Labour revived under Ed Miliband and then the party shifted Left under Jeremy Corbyn as it did in the 1980s. Under Starmer, it is simply impossible to determine which ideological anchors are immovable.


The party’s historical progress was made in part by the rise of the cause of the working class in the century of industrialisation. The Liberals were the casualties of the cause of Labour. The worry for Labourites who watch politics through a historical lens is that a mix of the rise of green politics and a growth of identity-based nationalisms, may send Labour the same way as the Liberals in the last century.

Starmer has an electoral challenge greater than that faced by Hugh Gaitskell in 1959 or Harold Wilson in 1964. It is greater even than Neil Kinnock faced in 1987 and greater than Tony Blair in 1997. His is an attempt to rewrite the election records and he is doing it with absolutely no momentum behind him.

The UK Government are gripped by a series of crises. Inflation is on the rise. Energy bills will cancel out pay rises and usher a heat-or-eat lifestyle for far too many citizens. There is a cost of living crisis. Taxes are going up and they will disproportionately hit poorer workers. And those who are poor will see their Universal Credit cut.

Add to that young people being saddled with student debt, being asked to make their way in a fast-changing economy and facing a housing market which is now the preserve of those with capital and it all adds up to a country with huge areas of unmet social need. There is the cause of Labour right there.

Starmer needs to find a way of channelling the frustration of some and the anger of many more and build a coalition of interests to challenge the Conservatives at the next election. 

He can’t win if he doesn’t revive in Scotland. He can’t win if he can’t harness Green voters behind Labour. And he can’t win if the Liberal Democrats start to revive. There is actually an anti-Conservative majority in England which will forever be a parliamentary majority so long as the anti-Conservative forces are split.

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Sir Keir Starmer with Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar.

He is not helped by the sniping of the Left, who never wanted him. To be fair, his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn had to put up with that from more mainstream social democrats in the Parliamentary Labour Party. It is what every leader faces because it is hard wired in the culture of the party, who still remain a collection of uneasy bedfellows. The broad church is sometimes too broad for its own good.


Those who oppose Starmer should answer a simple question. Do they seriously believe there is anyone else who is more likely to propel the party to victory? Of course, there are those who just want a leader of ideological purity and would replace him on that ground alone. These are people who have read every book on socialism but not taken much notice of election results.

He is undoubtedly handicapped by the fact he doesn’t have what is deemed to be star quality in an age of personality politics. It should depress everyone, no matter their allegiance, that an inferior mind is an asset so long as it is camouflaged by performances deemed entertaining.

He lacks Harold Wilson’s skills of party management, Jim Callaghan’s brute toughness, Neil Kinnock’s heart on sleeve positions and Tony Blair’s initial appeal to a broad constituency in the country. 

But he is also the victim of a broader malaise. Social Democratic parties have struggled throughout Europe to redefine their values as globalisation busts holy grails. The backlash of the marginalised has found a voice in parties of the right, often reverting to appeals to patriotism.

The German SPD has just won an election but with the support of only just over one in four who actually voted. And that was after 16 years of Conservative-led administrations.

Starmer has to start to flesh out policy. Connect with those who support the Conservatives not out of instinct but because they are seen as the least bad option. He probably needs to play against type and get angry from time to time. There is plenty to be angry about.

Boris Johnson is facing a winter of discontent and a six-month period which could make or break his government. If Starmer has not established a commanding lead for Labour by the middle of next year it will be difficult to see how he survives. The prospect of a fifth defeat will be too much even for those who currently support him.

Russell Kane, Nish Kumar and Rosie Jones to headline Big Burns Supper

The Big Burns Supper is billed as the biggest contemporary Burns festival in the world.

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The Dumfries festival will see musicians and artists perform in January next year.

Comedians Russell Kane, Nish Kumar and Rosie Jones have been announced as headline acts at next year’s Big Burns Supper festival.

Organisers of the annual event have promised it will be “as close to normal as possible” following a virtual event this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dumfries festival will see musicians and artists perform from January 14-30 2022.

Musicians performing at the event include Celtic Rock band Skerryvore, hip hop group and Scottish Album of the Year contenders Stanley Odd, and the London African Gospel Choir.


The Big Burns Supper is billed as the biggest contemporary Burns festival in the world, with more than 250 events each year.

Graham Main, chief executive of the festival, said: “Our line-up and remodelled festival includes as much humour and community togetherness as we could possibly achieve.

“We feel, that more than anything our audience could do with a laugh and a chance to reconnect with old friends and new.

“We’ve listened and learned a lot since our last physical festival in 2020 and we are confident and so very excited that our massively revamped 2022 festival represents not only the best of our local community and the finest artists in the UK, but also really properly shows off the transformative power of the arts to bring us back together.”


Dumfries and Galloway councillor Adam Wilson said the festival had been sorely missed.

He added: “Big Burns Supper has more surprises than a hyperactive jack in the box and I’m really looking forward to taking in many of its events.”

Tickets are available at or by calling 01387 733717.

Adults ‘at diabetes risk if they can’t wear trousers they wore at 21’

Academic says people who can no longer fit into the same-sized trousers are 'carrying too much fat'.

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A professor said that people’s waist should be the same size now as it was when they were 21.

Adults are “at risk of developing type 2 diabetes” if they can no longer fit into the jeans they were wearing when they were 21, an academic has said.

Presenting data to a leading diabetes conference, Professor Roy Taylor from Newcastle University said that people’s waist should be the same size now as it was when they were 21.

And if people can no longer fit into the same-sized trousers they are “carrying too much fat”, he said.

The comments come as he presented data at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes on a small study which found that people of normal weight with type 2 diabetes can “achieve remission” by losing weight.


He said that eight in 12 people managed to “get rid” of their condition by losing 10-15% of their body weight.

The participants, who all had the condition despite having a “normal” body mass index (BMI), managed to reduce the levels of fat in the liver and pancreas, and the activity of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas was deemed to be “restored”.

Professor Taylor, principle investigator, said: “Doctors tend to assume that type 2 diabetes has a different cause in those who aren’t overweight.

“This means that, unlike those who are overweight, those who are of normal weight aren’t usually advised to lose weight before being given diabetes drugs and insulin.


“Instead, there’s a tendency to start them on insulin and other medication at a much earlier stage.

“What we’ve shown is that if those of normal weight lose 10-15% of their weight, they have a very good chance of getting rid of their diabetes.”

The participants in the study, who had an average BMI of 24.5, followed a weight loss programme which included a low calorie liquid diet for two weeks – where each day they were only consuming 800 calories a day through soups and shakes.

This was followed by four to six weeks where they received support to maintain their new weight.

They completed three rounds of this programme until they lost 10-15% of their body weight.

After weight loss was achieved, scans showed reductions in the fat in the liver and eight of the 12 participants saw their type 2 diabetes go into remission, which was defined as having blood sugar levels under control and patients no longer needing any medication.

Professor Taylor added: “These results, while preliminary, demonstrate very clearly that diabetes is not caused by obesity but by being too heavy for your own body. It’s due to having too much fat in your liver and pancreas, whatever your BMI.


“In the liver, this excess fat prevents insulin from working normally. In the pancreas, it causes the beta cells to stop producing insulin.

“As a rule of thumb, your waist size should be the same now as when you were 21.

“If you can’t get into the same size trousers now, you are carrying too much fat and therefore at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even if you aren’t overweight.”

Dr Ahmad Al-Mrabeh, the study’s first author and co-investigator, added: “Weight loss by calorie restriction is powerful in achieving remission of type 2 diabetes and it is remarkable to have 67% remission in this non-obese group.”

The online meeting also heard data on another study which found that the amount of fat stored in the liver is higher in people with type 2 diabetes, whatever their BMI.

It has previously been suggested that excess fat stored in the liver and pancreas drives the development of type 2 diabetes and loss of this fat is key to remission.

Researchers, led by the team at Newcastle, examined two groups of patients following a weight-loss programme, with scans used to measure levels of fat in the liver and pancreas before and after weight loss.

Liver and pancreatic fat were higher in those with diabetes, whatever their BMI, and these levels fell with weight loss.

The researchers suggested that seemingly “healthy” levels of liver fat can trigger type 2 diabetes.

They said that the way liver fat is assessed should change to also take into account a patient’s BMI.

Meanwhile a separate study presented to the meeting suggested that people who are “healthy obese” – obese people who do not have any problems with high blood pressure, blood fats or diabetes – are not at a greater risk of heart attack or stroke compared with healthy people of a normal weight.

But this group are more likely to develop heart failure.

The study authors tracked data on nearly three million French people, including more than 270,000 who were obese, for at least five years.

People deemed to have “metabolically health obesity” had a 34% increased risk of heart failure and a 33% higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation.

But they did not appear to have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, or cardiovascular death than metabolically healthy people of normal weight.

Children who eat more fruit and veg ‘have better mental health’

Study finds children who consume five or more portions of fruit and veg a day have the highest scores for mental wellbeing.

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Study: Eating fruit and vegetables is linked with being good for children’s mental health.

Eating fruit and vegetables is linked with being good for children’s mental health, new research has suggested.

Children who consumed five or more portions of fruit and veg a day had the highest scores for mental wellbeing, the study found.

It was also linked with better wellbeing among secondary school pupils in particular.

The new study was the first to investigate the association between how much fruit and vegetables UK schoolchildren eat, breakfast and lunch choices, and mental wellbeing.


Lead researcher Professor Ailsa Welch, from the University of East Anglia’s Norwich Medical School, said: “We know that poor mental wellbeing is a major issue for young people and is likely to have long-term negative consequences.

“While the links between nutrition and physical health are well understood, until now, not much has been known about whether nutrition plays a part in children’s emotional wellbeing.

“So, we set out to investigate the association between dietary choices and mental wellbeing among schoolchildren.”

Prof Welch added: “As a potentially modifiable factor at an individual and societal level, nutrition represents an important public health target for strategies to address childhood mental wellbeing.”


The researchers say public health strategies and school policies should be developed to ensure that good quality nutrition is available to all children before and during school.

They analysed data from almost 9000 children in 50 schools across Norfolk (7570 secondary and 1253 primary school children) taken from the Norfolk children and Young People’s Health and wellbeing Survey.

Participants self-reported their dietary choices and took part in mental wellbeing tests that covered cheerfulness, relaxation and having good interpersonal relationships.

Prof Welch said: “In terms of nutrition, we found that only around a quarter of secondary-school children and 28% of primary-school children reported eating the recommended five-a-day fruits and vegetables.

“Just under one in ten children were not eating any fruits or vegetables.

“More than one in five secondary school children and one in 10 primary children didn’t eat breakfast. And more than one in 10 secondary school children didn’t eat lunch.”

The study looked at the association between nutritional factors and mental wellbeing, and took into account other factors that might have an impact – such as adverse childhood experiences and home situations.


Dr Richard Hayhoe, also from UEA’s Norwich Medical School, said they found that eating well was associated with better mental wellbeing in children.

He added: “Among secondary school children in particular, there was a really strong link between eating a nutritious diet, packed with fruit and vegetables, and having better mental wellbeing.

“We also found that the types of breakfast and lunch eaten by both primary and secondary school pupils were also significantly associated with wellbeing.

“Children who ate a traditional breakfast experienced better wellbeing than those who only had a snack or drink.

“But secondary school children who drank energy drinks for breakfast had particularly low mental wellbeing scores, even lower than for those children consuming no breakfast at all.”

According to the data, in a class of 30 secondary school pupils, around 21 will have consumed a conventional-type breakfast, and at least four will have had nothing to eat or drink before starting classes in the morning.

At least three pupils will go into afternoon classes without any lunch.

“This is of concern, and likely to affect not only academic performance at school but also physical growth and development.

“Another interesting thing that we found was that nutrition had as much or more of an impact on wellbeing as factors such as witnessing regular arguing or violence at home,” said Dr Hayhoe.

The research is published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health.

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