When you think the world can’t get any more bonkers, you stumble across news articles that make you scratch your head and laugh out loud at the absurdity of it all.
The latest one to do this for me is this news that the NHS has set up an exercise boot camp for overweight children and toddlers in an attempt to drive down soaring childhood obesity rates.
Children are meant to have a little bit of puppy fat.
However, after saying that, if a small, toddling child is so frighteningly overweight that they’re deemed needing to attempt a kiddy fat camp, surely it’s the parents who need to attend classes seeing as they’re the one feeding and exercising them?!
It’s a pretty sad state of affairs if the NHS feels the need to set up million pounds initiatives to encourage toddlers to play with balls and balloons.
Parents should be doing that anyway, there shouldn’t be a need for an intervention.
Every parent knows that exercise is good for children, surely. If they weren’t bothered before to go out to parks, play football, etc, are they suddenly going to start because they’ve been told to?!
Exercise costs nothing and kids like nothing better than to run around if given half the chance.
As for getting the parents to read food labels, if you’re going to educate them, why stop there?! Give them cooking lessons as well and teach them how to cook from scratch with wholesome ingredients.
Teach them to say no to requests for endless snacks, unless it’s healthy ones. Unlimited access to the fruit bowl, and offer breadsticks, crudites, rice cakes if they need a snack.
Restrict chocolate to a once a week treat instead of everyday occurrences.
Toddlers shouldn’t be sent to boot camp. If anyone should be, it’s the parents of the extremely overweight children.
What do you think?
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