Last week many stories about obesity were released in the mainstream UK media. The alarming figure is that an estimated 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children could be obese by 2050, according to the Public Health England. But we still can change the course of these numbers. The government is committed to doing so, by spearheading healthy policies and building leadership to ensure the responsible manufacturing and retailing of food and drink. Nevertheless, there is still a gap in this political action, but politicians are yet to find a way to overcome it.
Most adults feel insulted when they are referred to as overweight, even if it is by a healthcare professional. Doctors have the best interests of the patient’s health at heart, but they don´t find it easy to help their patients without them getting angry or rejecting their advice.
Who can change their minds? As Prue Leith believes, children do. In fact, they are already doing it, and the results are surprisingly good.
Prue Leith is a well known British Restaurateur, Broadcaster, Cookery Writer and Novelist who promotes children´s nutritional education and emphasises how much important should be for parents to support this education.When she was in charge of “The School Food Trust”, a government organisation that helps and encourages schools to provide decent and healthy meals, they set up five thousand cookery clubs for children in just 3 years, and they secured legal change to prevent junk food from being consumed in schools.
Children were asked to go to the cookery lessons with their parents –or at least one of them-, because this is how they will get engaged in eating healthy food and having a balanced diet. By the end of the course, they will cook as much healthy food and balanced meals as they had never imagined. Parents are surprised of about easy and fun it can be to buy vegetables in the market or prepare dinner with the whole family together in the kitchen, while they notice how exhausting it is to eat fast and junk food sitting in front of the telly. While schools are doing their best in teaching young people to eat healthy, parents should also do the same in their homes. It is not just a matter of food and diet, but, instead, about learning life skills.
“We have to put more emphasis on learning skills for life… The most important thing is, teaching children how to live, which means teaching them how to be at home“, Prue Leith said.
Click here to watch Prue Leith in the clip on the Homemakers Project Youtube.