Kids can form better eating habits when schools provide them with healthy food, but unfortunately, not all of these establishments are capable of doing so.

There's a notion that students from the US or the UK usually walk to their cafeteria in disdain while their Asian peers are getting served mouth-wateringly fresh meals.

But is this always the case?

To show you that not everything is black and white, we at Bored Panda put together a list of photos that reveal what schools from all over the world put on their plates. Bon appetit! (Or not.)

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My Korean School Lunch Of Udon, Egg And Pork Cutlet Deopbap, And Various Banchan

My Korean School Lunch Of Udon, Egg And Pork Cutlet Deopbap, And Various Banchan

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Here's My Awesome Korean School Lunch! Schools Have A Qualified Nutritionist To Plan The Lunch Menu

Here's My Awesome Korean School Lunch! Schools Have A Qualified Nutritionist To Plan The Lunch Menu

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We managed to get in touch with a few folks from South Korea, a country that dominates the top of this list, to learn more about their menus.

One of them is Reddit user u/darkrealm190. "My school doesn't really serve one thing the most because they do a super big variety!" they told Bored Panda. "It takes about 2 weeks before something repeats. However, there are some constants, like they always have rice, some soup or stew, and banchan (side dishes in Korean) and [some] protein!"

u/darkrealm190 said the overall quality of the food was good. "It's definitely not bland, extremely healthy, and widely varied."

In fact, they couldn't even think of how the catering could be improved. "It's as good of a school lunch as anyone could need or want," u/darkrealm190 said. "I would also like to add that the lunch is free to all the students!"

#3

My Korean School Lunch Of Crab Soup, Braised Chicken And Potatoes, And Various Banchan

My Korean School Lunch Of Crab Soup, Braised Chicken And Potatoes, And Various Banchan

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#4

This Is What Swedish School Lunch Looks Like

This Is What Swedish School Lunch Looks Like

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#5

My Free School Lunch Today In Finland

My Free School Lunch Today In Finland

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The other Redditor we talked to was u/StiffCrustySock and they gave us a similar description. "There is (almost) always rice, kimchi, and some kind of soup. Then, a Korean-style protein of some kind, most often pork-based ... [but we also sometimes have] 'Western-style' foods like burritos, a slice of pizza, spaghetti and sauce, etc," they told Bored Panda. "There will usually be a fruit of some kind as well."

"Overall, the school's food is excellent, I enjoy about 95% of it. And compared to other schools around the world I've seen, I'm glad to have this quality lunch."

However, u/StiffCrustySock would like a small change. "[They could] probably reduce the salt content and aim for less carbohydrates in each meal. Otherwise [everything's] pretty healthy."

The Redditor also suggested giving Korea's kitchen a go if you find yourself drooling over their pictures. "Everyone should try Korean food if they get the chance. The flavors are excellent."

#6

Today Was Veggie Burger And Sweet Potato Fries For Lunch In The School's Cafeteria In Germany

Today Was Veggie Burger And Sweet Potato Fries For Lunch In The School's Cafeteria In Germany

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#7

Typical School Lunch In South Korea

Typical School Lunch In South Korea

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Molly Block
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Okay, so can we all agree that Korea has THE BEST school lunches?

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#8

School Lunch From My Country. Where Am I? France

School Lunch From My Country. Where Am I? France

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You could make a case that the quality of school food somewhat correlates with kids' health. In the United States, for example, the percentage of children and adolescents affected by obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s and in 2017–2018, an estimated 19.3% of those aged 2 to 19 years were obese.

The CDC said that a comprehensive approach is needed to address this issue in schools, especially for elementary and middle school students. Scientists know less about what school-based obesity prevention approaches are effective for teens.

The term 'comprehensive approach' means directing attention to nutrition and physical activity in schools and involving school nurses, parents, caregivers, and other community members (like pediatricians and after-school program providers) in the process. But we are yet to see any meaningful results.

#9

My Finnish School Lunch (Vegetarian)

My Finnish School Lunch (Vegetarian)

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#10

School Christmas Lunch In Finland (Free)

School Christmas Lunch In Finland (Free)

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TmKhr
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Specifically this is school lunch around Christmas, there's ham, salmon and rutabaga casserole.

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#12

Public School Lunch In Minnesota

Public School Lunch In Minnesota

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#13

School Cafeteria Lunches In Finland

School Cafeteria Lunches In Finland

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#14

Public School Lunch In Sweden

Public School Lunch In Sweden

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#15

My School Lunch In Beijing, China

My School Lunch In Beijing, China

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#16

My School Lunch. It Was Very Nice. UK

My School Lunch. It Was Very Nice. UK

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I-Hate-Everyone
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Must be a private school because public school dinners in UK don't look like that. I went to public school and we were never served anything like that ever

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#17

Breakfast At A Public Charter School, Austin, Texas

Breakfast At A Public Charter School, Austin, Texas

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#18

Some Pictures Of My School Lunch In Japan. Nutritious And Delicious, Japan Knows How To Feed Their Kids

Some Pictures Of My School Lunch In Japan. Nutritious And Delicious, Japan Knows How To Feed Their Kids

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ForgotMyPWSendHelp
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm sure it's good if the person says so, but the photo doesn't make it look like it.

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#19

The School Lunch From A Elementary School In Colombia

The School Lunch From A Elementary School In Colombia

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Almost perfect for kids who don't want their foods to touch.

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#20

Food In One Of The Moscow Schools. It's Macaroni And Cement I Guess

Food In One Of The Moscow Schools. It's Macaroni And Cement I Guess

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#21

My Swedish School Lunch (100% Free)

My Swedish School Lunch (100% Free)

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JuJu
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Potato fritters, cranberry and cottage cheese...good one

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#22

My School Likes To Do Fruit Water In Our Dining Hall. So Today We Got Jalapeño And Pineapple Water

My School Likes To Do Fruit Water In Our Dining Hall. So Today We Got Jalapeño And Pineapple Water

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#23

Lunch At A Korean Elementary School

Lunch At A Korean Elementary School

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#24

School Lunch In America Since We’re Posting School Lunches

School Lunch In America Since We’re Posting School Lunches

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#25

The Vegetarian Option For Bolognese At My School Is Literally Just A Bag Of Ketchup

The Vegetarian Option For Bolognese At My School Is Literally Just A Bag Of Ketchup

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Earl Grey
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don’t understand the concept of a vegetarian Bolognese, since Bolognese is a complex ragù that is centered around ground beef, pork or veal.

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#26

Are We Still Doing Lunch? This Is The Teacher Lunch At My School. All This Was For $4.50

Are We Still Doing Lunch? This Is The Teacher Lunch At My School. All This Was For $4.50

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#27

What A School In UK Calls A Hotdog

What A School In UK Calls A Hotdog

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#28

My School Serving Almost Raw Pizza

My School Serving Almost Raw Pizza

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#29

The Cheese They Put On Our School's Hamburgers

The Cheese They Put On Our School's Hamburgers

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#30

Complaining About School Lunches? Here's My School's "Philly Cheese Steak"

Complaining About School Lunches? Here's My School's "Philly Cheese Steak"

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Felix Feline
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is why I would sometimes blackout in elementary school. I refused to eat that kind of thing, and in the afternoon I would faint from hunger.

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