Almost two thirds of young Scots say they find it difficult to know what a healthy diet is, according to a study.
Young people find a healthy diet hard to identify
A health education body has launched the "Get Sussed" campaign to address the rising number of overweight and obese 11 to 15 year olds.
A Developing Patient Partnerships (DPP) poll found more than a quarter said losing weight was top of their list of things to change about their health.
DPP has launched a website at www.sussed.uk.net to offer advice.
It aims to help address the escalating number of overweight and obese young people.
Recent reports have put Scottish children as the third fattest in Europe.
Dr Simon Fradd, DPP chairman, said: "This research shows that nearly half of
children think school meals are unhealthy.
"Action on improving nutrition in schools is clearly essential, but we are
not doing enough to equip our young people with the knowledge and skills to be
able to make healthy decisions themselves.
Too much weight
"The possibilities for schools to help children to have a sense of control
and make healthy decisions about their lifestyles are limitless.
"The role of the education system in addressing the obesity epidemic cannot
"The DPP hopes that this campaign will offer teachers, schools and young
people a source of the best knowledge they need to be able to make their own
The poll, conducted for DPP by Mori, found that more than a third - 36% of 11 to 15 year olds - were worried that they might put on too much weight over Christmas.
It said 74% anticipated that their diet would be fairly unhealthy during the holidays.
Being able to run faster and having fewer coughs and colds were the main changes that youngsters would like to make to their health.
However, 27% said losing weight would be their main change.
Almost two thirds - 64% of 11 to 15 year olds - in Scotland and the North of England said they found it difficult to know what a healthy diet was.
More than 40% find it difficult to find places to exercise outside of school, the poll said.
This makes addressing weight worries a growing problem for a lot of young