Kids Suffering from "No Leftovers" Pressure in School Lunchtime

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Nov. 19 (Jiji Press)--Over 1,000 people have contacted a support group for advice about problems triggered by pressure to leave no leftovers of school lunches at elementary and junior high schools, it was learned Monday.

The Tokyo-based group, which helps people overcome their fear of eating with other people, says teachers should not force students to eat all of the food served at school.

"School meals are meant to give students opportunities to enjoy eating and learn the importance of meals. Please never force students to eat," it says.

The group receives requests for advice via the Line free messaging app and through other means. The total number of people who contacted exceeded 1,000 over the 17 months through September this year.

Kenta Yamaguchi, who launched the group in May last year and serves as its representative, said as many as 20 people have contacted it in a day.

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