Nine out of 10 teens sidestep exercise : “‘The precedent we look at is tobacco control and the thing that made the difference was when they restricted tobacco advertising.”
Maybe we should just restrict television and television in the bedroom. Bit radical. The teenagers who watched more television were eating more junk food. I think we look at how people live and what the triggers are. Teenagers who have a number of activities and are with people probably eat better. As a Mum all through childhood and teenage years I used the think of ways and means to get the good food into their stomachs. I used children to help prepare the good food…then they ate it. I used to supply the mandatory chips and crunchables and pizza but always had a big platter of fruit and a smaller one of vegetables. Invariably I’d find the strawberries, melon, cherries and orange slices would vanish…the pineapple and kiwi frut stayed. I used to try and make it look nice. The celery disappeared but the carrots stayed. Tiny tomatoes were a big hit. A shaslik threaded with vegetables looks colourful and lovely. Great for the BBQ. I think we need to pool our tricks because all parents have them…and a few disaster stories to tell! We have to take responsibility for our young but it doesn’t have to be a chore. They like grazing so the fridge has to have easy to get and easy to eat fresh food…and most of our kids will eat a banana and some will love apple if they can have a fancy plate and knife ( safety first) It’s all in the presentation and eating rituals!