The British Heart Foundation is very concerned that the lifestyles of modern children are setting them up for serious health problems in later life. Large numbers are in danger of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) as adults if they continue to skip meals and sport in favour of watching TV and drinking fizzy drinks, it says.
The data, published on Monday, suggests there has been little improvement in eating, drinking and exercise habits in spite of the concern about obesity and the launch of the government’s child measurement programme, which warns parents if their children are overweight.
Maybe that’s because the child measurement programme was found to be using incorrect measurements, resulting in perfectly normal children labelled as ‘obese’ to the general ridicule of the tabloids?
Just as the dire warnings against abusing illegal drugs are often over-exaggerated and so are blithely ignored by the people who know they are over-exaggerated…
The BHF has invested £1.2m in seven new community projects in Liverpool, Manchester, Wolverhampton, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire and two in Glasgow to teach children and young people how to make the right food choices and help them get more active.
“But we can’t act alone,” said Gillespie. “Local decision makers need to identify the children and young people at greatest risk of poor health in their communities and take steps to help them improve their lifestyle. “
That sounds like a great plan, targeting the obviously obese children – but of course, in the best tradition of government what they are actually doing is whacking a blanket unworkable policy onto every child, because it’s ‘fairer’ and won’t make anyone feel ‘singled out’.
And until we can get over our hang-ups over that, any such project is doomed to fail.