Bad food is cheap food, fatty, sugary, easy to eat, always available. It is fast, not just to get hold of, but also to consume. It gives you a lift. What normal child would choose meat and two veg over a burger and chips, and how often would a normal, busy parent choose a fight rather than peace. Particularly if they like burgers too.Well, that’s supposed to be a part of life, isn’t it? Yes, when children, we all want things that aren’t good for us. But when we grow up, we are supposed to have learned restraint and delayed gratification.
And more importantly, we are supposed to have imparted this to our children.
But here’s a really striking statistic that Stevens quotes: one in 10 children starting primary school are obese. By the time they leave, that’s almost one in five. Is this a dereliction of personal responsibility by the kids themselves, or by their parents? Or is it the food available in school, or in the streets around the school, or the way the school day is structured, or the absence of sports facilities, or the lack of the sports club tradition?No, you were right the first time. Even leaving aside that the very definition of obesity is often based on a flawed test, it really isn’t rocket science.
YOU are responsible for what you put in your mouth, no one else.