Food Matters

I’ve been a fan of Jamie Oliver for some time now and came across a speech on youtube in which he addresses the problem of obesity in American children. More and more children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, heart disease and fatty liver disease-preventable diseases! In one segment of the video, children were shown vegetables such as cauliflower and eggplant and were unable to correctly identify them. Oliver emphasizes the need for better quality food in schools as well as the need for schools to teach children what healthy food is and how to prepare healthy meals. Since 1981 there has been a steady increase in the body mass index of Canadian children (1) and poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity are to blame (2). Oliver did not discuss the physical inactivity issue, but it is also a problem that combined with poor nutrition, sets our children up for chronic ill-health and early death.

Proper nutrition starts in the home and needs to be modeled by parents. If parents aren’t eating their vegetables, then unfortunately, children won’t.

Here is the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIwrV5e6fMY&feature=youtube_gdata

References:
(1) Secular trends in the body mass index of Canadian children
http://ecmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/163/11/1429

(2) Is the Canadian childhood obesity epidemic related to physical inactivity?http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v27/n9/abs/0802376a.htm

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