Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 20/03/2007

Parents Argue for More Facilities

This Report Finds the Contrary

The Daily Mail reports:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/health/healthmain.html?in_article_id=442133&in_page_id=1774

“Poor nutrition is the cause of obesity in children, not lack of physical activity, a scientist has claimed.  

Professor Terence Wilkin said the crisis was being caused by larger portion sizes of unhealthy foods.  

His research undermines the Government’s strategy to cut child obesity by focusing on more sports facilities in schools. He said there was no evidence at all that physical education lessons have any impact on a child’s weight. Blame the junk food: Bad diet, not lack of exercise, ‘is behind child obesity crisis’ A lmost 15 per cent of children under ten are now obese compared to 10 per cent in 1997.

Poor nutrition is the cause of obesity in children, not lack of physical activity, a scientist has claimed.

Professor Terence Wilkin said the crisis was being caused by larger portion sizes of unhealthy foods.

“If we are right, it means obesity is not something you can alter by providing better facilities.”

Professor Wilkin said the blame for the rise in obesity rested squarely with children’s worsening diets and increasing portion sizes.

His EarlyBird study compared the physical activities of children at three primary schools which offered widely differing amounts of PE per week – from 1.8 hours to nine hours. “

As a rugby coach for a team of U10’s, I was at a county festival on Sunday 18th March, where they would have to play at least 6 games. Registration was at 0930 and the day would end at about 1500 hrs, don’t forget the travel time; to and from the venue.

I was particularly struck by what the parents had provided as food for the day.

One parent brought out a greasy sausage roll, a family pack of hula hoops and a can of fizzy drink.

Another little lad had chocolate bars (please remember these are British chocolate, so the main ingredient is minimal) sweets and chewing gum.

Every one had packets of crisps including the adults. Needless to say they lost most of their matches.

Without trying to boast, my son scored the only try for the team/for the whole tournament.

There has to be a correlation between what kids eat and how they perform.

Bear in mind that these are the better parents who have given up their time to bring their child religiously every Sunday for practise. They reach into their own pocket to pay for membership, travel cost to matches, kit out the little fellow.

I shouldn’t be too harsh on them, but the minute you broach the subject of what people eat, they immediately become defensive or worse still offensive.

Remember Jamie Oliver and healthy eating, what did some of the mums do, they bought pies, chips etc and passed it through the school fence.

At least we have the choice to be a burden on society.

    Lack of exercise ‘costs NHS £1bn’

“Couch potato lifestyles are costing the National Health Service more than £1 billion a year, according to new research.

They were directly responsible for 3% of all deaths and illness in 2002, researchers found.

This landed the NHS with a £1.06 billion bill through in-patient stays, outpatient appointments, drugs, community care and visits to primary care practitioners.

Despite this “considerable public health burden” the true cost could be even higher, the study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health warns”.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/20032007/344/lack-exercise-costs-nhs-1bn.html

 

 

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Responses

  1. damn all these beautiful gir. Ondrej Manisha.

  2. Ondrej
    Thanks. Don’t know what you are on about, but hey, nice of you to pop in and say hello. Grateful I am indeed!
    Take care bye


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