One in 10 deprived inner-city children visits a fast food outlet every day, research suggests.
Researchers found that half of schoolchildren living in poor urban areas may be consuming fast food twice a week.And who published this ground-breaking ‘research’?
Data published in the online journal BMJ Open showed that 54% of these children bought food or drink from a fast food or takeaway outlet at least twice a week.Aha! Well, I’m sure they picked their data to be scrupulously fair…
The authors quizzed 193 pupils aged 11 to 14, living in Tower Hamlets, London, about their weekly fast food preferences and habits.
They attended two schools which operate an "open gate policy" at lunch time.Well, they’d pretty much have to, wouldn’t they?
Two-thirds of the children were entitled to free school meals.And didn’t eat them? I guess we can safely ignore the ‘Guardian’s’ clamouring for more of this, then, as they clearly aren’t in such desperate need as it thinks…
One in three was overweight or obese.According to what measurement? The now-thoroughly-discredited BMI?
And…how come it’s suddenly OK to profile?
Seven out of 10 children from black ethnic backgrounds and more than half of those from Asian backgrounds purchased fast food or drinks more than twice a week.Dangerous waters, there!
The key influence for buying such food was its taste, with 92% of children saying they enjoyed eating meals from fast food outlets.Having seen what gets dished up in school lunches, who’s surprised?
They also said fast food products were readily available and they bought such products due to peer influence.And the conclusions? Well, c’mon, I could probably write them, knowing the mindset of these people and the way they’ve conducted their ‘research’:
The authors write: "These schoolchildren are exposed to an environment that is likely to cause obesity, and it is not surprising that in this situation, many of these children are already overweight or obese and will likely become obese as adults.
"Clearly, actions need to be taken to either limit the ability of these children to access fast food outlets or to change the foods they purchased at these outlets."Or, alternatively, we could just ignore it as the product of interfering doom-mongering nannystaters that it is?