COLUMN: The impact of junk food on Derbyshire’s children

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  • Regular DT columnist Reah Marshall talks junk food.
  • Poor diets can cause obesity related illnesses in children.
  • Parents should take responsiblilty for their child’s diet.

I’m sure there will be a number of you that watched the programme, Junk Food Kids, which airs on a Wednesday night.

You may also have a strong views on the way in which the children were being fed.

This particular programme set social media alight with some very strong opinions about how the children were being treated, raised and in particular, what they ate.

Some even branded these particular scenarios as ‘child abuse’ and I am inclined to agree.

The children’s poor diet had led to obesity related illnesses, hence most parts of the programme were unbearable to watch.

The children featured were drinking high-sugar juices throughout the day, chocolates for snacks, and ready meals and takeaways were the only meals they knew.

Regardless of some of the excuses these parents were finding, the finger of blame should be pointed firmly at them.

As parents, if we choose to have crisps, chocolate, biscuits, fizzy drinks etc in the house, we should take responsibility if they then constitute the children’s entire diet.

I’m sure this all reads as common sense to most of you, but the excuses the parents find to lay the blame elsewhere only serves to perpetuate the problem.

The last thing a clinically obese child needs is a delusional parent, as shifting the blame (usually to the child) ensures that these parents will never believe that they control the solution.

And I’m not suggesting that the snacks mentioned above are the problem.

Yes it is arguably morally suspect of companies to peddle unhealthy food behind toys and engaging advertising for kids – but a moderate amount of these types of food won’t cause child-obesity.

Some may argue that, with the correct support and professional advice, these parents could change their habits. But this program only seems to highlight the ignorance of some parents who ultimately choose to ignore the health and well-being of their child in favour of the ‘easy option’.

If you watched this programme, I would love to know your thoughts.

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