Child obesity is something that we keep hearing of more and more suggesting that the problem is getting worse. It is important that we don’t become oblivious to child obesity even if we are not directly affected. It is shocking that one in five children between 10 to 11 year olds is now obese and one in three is overweight. You can’t help but feel worried for these children because they are already at risk of developing serious health problems such as the chronic disease diabetes. Would you not agree with me that our childhood should be the best time of our lives, free from worries and suffering?
So where did it all go wrong?
Well, according to a report, obesity in children is almost entirely due to the food environment. To me this means that it is mostly preventable.
I personally think that one of the biggest problems is the number of people lacking cooking skills. I think cooking should be a must have skill for our children just like having computer skills or being able to ride a bicycle.
I am a foodie and I love to cook fresh meals for me and my family. To me cooking is just part of my weekly routine and something very natural. I eat to enjoy food so cooking is really not an onerous task.
My interest in food and cooking started early in my teens when I used to help my aunt in the kitchen. It was a really hand-on and enjoyable experience which I will always cherish. So I really owe it to my aunt who by the way is an amazing cook!
But what happens if a child doesn’t have someone in their life like my aunt to hand them down this essential skill?
When I was at school we used to have home economics lessons. Yes, I know that I am probably showing my age now but I think these lessons were a fantastic way of introducing children to food and cooking fresh meals as well as educating them about the importance of healthy eating. It wasn’t all about baking cakes as I seem to remember making pea risotto and lentil soup. The best part was being able to take the dishes that I had made home to share with my family.
What do I think is a way forward with this crisis?
I think Food Revolution Day is a fantastic initiative campaigning for food education to fight child obesity. In case you are wondering, yes I have signed the petition but I honestly believe that change has to start at home with parents taking responsibility and supporting child education. I think it would be a shame if the education is there and parents still continue to stock up the cupboards and the fridge with unhealthy food choices.
Time for Action. Childhood Obesity Plan as Requested by Jeremy Hunt MP - See more at: http://www.actiononsalt.org.uk/actiononsugar/Press%20Release%20/133978.html#sthash.pMRb0zTx.dpuf
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