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Pediatría (Asunción)

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SANABRIA, Marta Cristina et al. Adequacy and acceptance of school lunches in two public schools from Asunción. Pediatr. (Asunción) [online]. 2017, vol.44, n.2, pp.126-135. ISSN 1683-9803.


School Feeding Program is the direct delivery of nutritious and culturally acceptable foods to children enrolled in the public school and subsidized system, with the aim of promoting the entry, permanency, regular school attendance, promotion and improvements in the academic performance of school children.


To evaluate the degree of acceptance and percentage of nutritional requirements adequacy of the scholar lunch of children from two public schools from Asunción.

Materials and Methods:

A descriptive cross-sectional, observational study conducted on 102 students of both genders enrolled in two public schools in 2013. Children underwent Nutritional Assessment by BMI/A & Height/A, the degree of acceptance from three offered menus was evaluated by the methods of Facial Hedonic Scale and Leftovers Percentage, in addition, the percentage of adequacy to nutritional requirements of the school lunch was determined.


39,2% of the studied population was overnourished and only 2,8%. had risk of undernourishment. The Facial Hedonic Scale and Leftovers Percentage, used to evaluate the acceptability of the menus showed that best accepted menu was chicken with vegetables and mashed potatoes; and the less preferred was bean stew with rice. Regarding energy adequacy, we observed a high percentage of deficit; and protein intake excess was found, according to the requirements established by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Education and Culture.


We found that just 3 out of 10 children like the meals that they serve. The adequacy of energy and protein do not meet the recommendations

Keywords : School lunch; facial hedonic scale; nutritional adequacy.

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