What we eat affects everything: our mood, behaviour, health, growth, even our ability to concentrate. A lunchtime school meal should provide a growing child with one third of their daily nutritional intake. "
• One quarter of teenagers are already obese.
• 14% of boys and 17% of girls between the ages of two and 15 are overweight.
• Nearly one quarter of adults are already obese.
• Kids with fat parents are twice as likely to become obese.
• Kids who are obese by the age of 12 are 85% more likely to remain obese into adult life.
• Kids who are obese in their early teens are twice as likely to die by the age of 50.
• An estimated one third of all deaths from cancer and heart disease are attributable to bad diet.
• Half of teenage girls are deficient in iron which exposes them to the risk of anaemia and can also have an impact on IQ and the ability to learn.
• 19% of teenage girls don’t eat enough calcium which puts them at risk of osteoporosis later in life. Rickets, a disease hardly seen for 100 years, is starting to reemerge in some groups.
• 13% of teenagers have low levels of vitamin D which affects bone health.
• Poor fibre intake, reflected in rising levels of constipation amongst children, increases the risk of bowel diseases including colon cancer.
• Dental decay is a real problem. Over 50% of kids have problems with their teeth as a result of too many sugary foods and drinks. Acidic fizzy drinks increase the risk of dental erosion by 220%.
• Obesity in adolescence is associated with the premature onset of type 2 diabetes, a condition which until only recently was rarely seen in children. It also increases the risk of heart disease and several cancers including bowel, stomach, esophageal, kidney, womb and breast cancer.
If you are not already enjoying family meals, here are some tips on getting started:
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