Healthy Eating…Childhood Obesity…

Welcome…that was the week that was…but I applied balance and it worked only 1lb on and considering that I ate and drank pretty much what I wanted…I am chuffed…Today I treated my self to a lovely Thai massage after the excesses and stress of last week…

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I organised myself and scheduled all my posts bar one which I had written out just not typed up…Then Windows did its update and threw a spanner in the works…My laptop died…She is now up and running again with a new hard drive…Which leaves me with the time consuming job of  new passwords and new layouts as my reinstalled windows and word are a tad different…A few little work arounds and now the added quandary of do I or don’t I take the plunge and go for Windows 10.

So what does this week bring???

I was absolutely shocked to hear that figures were out and England saw a rise for the fourth consecutive year that severe obesity in school year 6 has broken records, and it is up more than a third since 2006.
Levels of severe obesity among children in the last year of primary school have hit an all-time high, according to official figures that have dismayed public health experts…I don’t know about dismaying public health experts it is dismaying me…

What the hell is wrong with schools, parents and the governments?…The writing is plainly on the wall that if a child is obese then it is likely they will be an obese adult and have all the conditions and chronic illnesses that go with obesity…

Children are a gift and a gift which should be nurtured…Sally is running an excellent series on childhood obesity and it is well worth a read…So please head over and have a look…

I hear all the voices who say that family units have broken down, that many parents have no nutritional knowledge BUT…I didn’t have a great deal of knowledge when my first daughter was born…Maybe it is me but I have a thirst for knowledge and believe that in many cases this is not so any more…Children should be encouraged to ask questions…and get answers…

I am not an advocate of a nanny state but do think it is vital that steps and schemes should be put in place as a matter of urgency to help turn this obesity epidemic around…

  1. Fast food adverts should be banned from TV’s…
  2. Bogof deals in supermarkets should only be for healthy foods.
  3. Shopping points on loyalty cards should be tripled and only applied when buying  certain foods already alcohol and cigarettes are exempt…Why not processed foods?
  4.  Healthy foods should be displayed at checkouts NOT chocolate and sweets…
  5. School curriculums should have mandatory exercise included every day…Fun exercises and games…
  6. All work and no play makes Jack a dull the saying goes…
  7. Community gyms should be the norm…
  8. School vegetable gardens should be mandatory.
  9. Instead of an ice cream man have a healthy food van with lots of free samples(provided free) by manufacturers.
  10. All new housing estates should have a community garden and kitchen…

What ideas do you have? Most of the above would create jobs …There are many people with valuable skills who would be happy to help…Either for expenses or a salary…

I was reading about a school who had gone totally vegetarian..Now although I think we should eat less meat… I do think we should also eat a balanced diet…However to have a vegetarian school meal and helping to grow the produce is a great learning curve  and one vegetarian meal a day doesn’t hurt anyone it encourages children to eat vegetables which is good.

The school had a garden and children participated in this and when food was ready it was picked and used for school dinners. However I have also seen where some parents are not happy with their kids eating a vegetarian lunch…What are your thoughts?

I watched the children being interviewed and asked the names of various vegetables and they were happy, knowledgeable and loved their school dinners…A win win situation …

We need more community spirit in this world …Both adults and children would benefit greatly from this…

Let’s tackle Childhood Obesity… Once and for all…

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

The environment is also something I am passionate about and there are now regular columns on my blog this year. It is important that we are mindful of the world we live in…


Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a creative week ahead xx

17 thoughts on “Healthy Eating…Childhood Obesity…

  1. holliedoc

    Some interesting ideas here. I’m not sure I’d be happy with my children eating a vegetarian meal at school as I’m very much in the “everything in moderation camp” but a school gardening club works well…. the children work on the allotment and then cook simple dishes made with the ingredients from the allotment once ready for picking. It teaches them a lot about nutrition but also about how to grow fruit and vegetables. I like the idea that BOGOF should only be on healthy foods and yes exercise is key! You may be interested to check out my latest post on healthy eating, I’d welcome any comments:

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      I don’t think it would hurt for them to eat vegetarian at school as long as they were eating a balanced diet at home like you I am in the moderation camp. I have reduced my meat intake but would never be completely meat/fish free as I believe in a balanced diet using all food groups unless of course you have a diagnosed allergy to a certain food. Thank you for your comment I will pop over to your blog 🙂

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Yes we should.. The supermarket trolleys I see unfortunately are a testament that many parents are not helping tackle the problem… Thank you for dropping in and leaving a comment. Happy New Year 😊

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      1. CarolCooks2 Post author

        My pleasure it is just finding something which holds there interest isn’t it?… Those bands are popular now I have a friend who does it and it fascinates me.. I who love to have a go if I was younger… 😎😏

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  3. petespringerauthor

    It’s so great to see students growing their own healthy foods. There is much more of a buy-in from kids when they are part of the process.

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  4. Norah

    Great stuff, Carol. I hear the passion through your words on the page. I think you made wonderful suggestions, though I’m not sure what ‘bogof’ is. A vegetarian school sounds interesting. I wonder how many more there are.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Buy one get one free… I think there are a few springing up, Norah and it doesn’t hurt to educate children to make an informed choice.. Does it?.. Thank you for your valued comment xx

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