Thursday, 12 October 2017

obesity on the rise: what can we do?

the news are rather worrying...

Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades: new study by Imperial College London and WHO
World will have more obese children and adolescents than underweight by 2022

The number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades. If current trends continue, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022, according to a new study led by Imperial College London and WHO.

[the full paper is here

What can we do to battle this trend?
What can we do as parents? as teachers? as Food Scientists?

Some ideas:
1. what about banning soft drinks at vending machines in schools? 
2. Updating the menus in canteens in schools so more fruits and less processed food is served? I don't think that sausage rolls are that healthy...
3. Diet and exercise is a philosophy that needs to be taught and re-taught and re-re-taught on a continuous base, not only to children but most importantly to parents as it is the parents who formulate healthy or non-healthy eating patterns in the family...
And let's not forget, that Irish food Pyramid has some severe scientific mistakes.

As a father of a child being taught this wrong food pyramid at school, I am concerned about the message that we pass to the young people...

Yannis Zabetakis

p.s. here is the correct Pyramid that should be taught

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