Seriously, I am floored. For a long time I have had a hatred of the movement that says we need to cut food into funny shapes and make the lunchbox look like a veritable playground to get our kids to eat good food. Now we have one of Australia’s leading dietitians, (and I use that term loosely), Rosemary Stanton, putting forward the idea that we should pay kids 25c a day to eat their vegies! WTF you have got to be kidding me. You don’t pay people as an incentive to be healthy, whether child or adult. You educate. You encourage. You do not pay!!!!!
I am totally floored that just because this was done in America they think they should do it here. Wake up people, our food sources are so much more nutritional than those in America right from the outset, then we have a totally different food and family culture.
One size never fits all!
We need to educate, we need to look at why obesity is rising not put a band aid in place to mask the issue. For the past twenty or so years we have been told that low fat is the way to go. I’m no rocket scientist but I’m pretty sure that hasn’t worked. All this bullshit about low fat has created a greater obesity epidemic. People turned to low fat high sugar products in droves. We need to stop being dictated to by the major companies that benefit by telling us that low fat is good for us, that sugar doesn’t make us fat, that a natural fat diet will make you obese, that chemically produced food is better than naturally grown foods….yum who doesn’t love some petrochemical bi-product they call margarine, spread all over their hot toast in the morning!
Do I have a nutrition background, NO! I am an exceptionally obese woman. I can tell you 100% of the reason I am obese is because of trauma in my life which has created a comfort eating regime i.e. sugar laden treats!
There is so much more to obesity than the food we eat. We need to look at background, families and communities.
No kid ever wants to eat their greens. When we grew up silver-beet and brussel sprouts were our greens and they were boiled to within an inch of their lives. Today it is broccoli and bok choy and generally steamed so a bit more tasty but its still green. Green is just not appetizing as a child. As an adult most of us acquire a taste for greens. As a child it is frightening to sit down to a meal of meat and three veg. The frightening part is because parents get angry and frustrated when a child says they don’t like something on the plate and then a fight ensues over making the child eat it.
We need to stop this mentality. Why do we make the child eat a particular food if they really don’t like it. They are not going to die because they like carrots but don’t like broccoli. Give them more options than just the standard three veg. Encourage them to try a little before saying they don’t like something but don’t then make them eat the whole lot because you said so. Whether child or adult, the minute you are told you HAVE TO do something, it becomes the last thing you want to do. Add a disgusting taste to that and you build up a belief that they don’t like everything green. In fact, most people like at least one green vegetable and if you serve that they will eat it. If you served me a plate of silver-beet, brussel sprouts and broccoli, I would eat the broccoli, might touch the brussel sprouts depending on how they are cooked and wouldn’t even give the silver-beet to the dog.
There is not one blanket rule for what we should and shouldn’t eat. We have to create situations where families are encourage to grow their own foods, eat together, cook together, want to be healthy and have their emotional needs also met.
We have finally gotten to the point where tuckshops no longer sell high sugar snacks and meals but paying children to eat their vegetables is simply the most ludicrous thing to put forward. Look at Jamie Oliver as an example. He educates, he encourages and he leads the way to convert kids to wanting to eat healthier. We need more of that and less of the “experts” and “money makers” dictating what we should and shouldn’t eat.