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Children's Health & Safety Association

Issue 43: July 2018

Sunday, 31 March 2013 20:26

UK 'Food Manifesto for Under-Fives'

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February 7, 2013 – Recently it was reported in the Telegraph Newspaper that celebrity chefs, British food brand executives and Olympians have united to demand positive action from the government against rising obesity and diet-related diseases among children.

Nearly a quarter of the children that entered reception classes (kindergarten) last year were overweight or obese and a third of the primary school aged children were overweight.

Professor David Haslam, General Practitioner and Chairman of the National Obesity Forum stated, "We currently have an epidemic of obesity, which in five years will turn into an epidemic of diabetes and in another five years will turn into an epidemic of heart disease."

Paul Lindley, founder and CEO of Ella's Kitchen, producer of children's food, is leading the 'Averting a Recipe for Disaster' campaign calling for a 25-year plan to improve nutrition for children under the age of five. Supporting him in this very noble cause is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, celebrity chef; Alex Partridge, Olympian rower; Tom Aikens, chef and restaurateur; and Samantha Hyde, acting Director of UK programmes for 'Save the Children'.

Diet related diseases costs the National Health Service (NHS) an estimated £6 billion a year.

"To have any meaningful, sustainable impact, we must focus on newborn babies and children under five, who are developing food habits today…the issues around diet-related health facing our children are broad and multi-faceted. They require a coordinated and long-term strategy that will address the challenges of both obesity and malnutrition…all the political parties have to wake up and recognize the seriousness of the threat to our society, its health and its economy, that diet-related illness in our children will cause," said Paul Lindley.

The manifesto is aimed at 2015 and contains the following suggestions they hope all three parties will adopt:

  • Compulsory nutritional education for children in school.
  • A 'food enthusiast in residence' at every school to coach parents and students on healthy eating.
  • A free, healthy breakfast for every primary school child.
  • Open up Britain's professional kitchens to teach parents of young children how to cook.


Diet related diseases costs the National Health Service (NHS) an estimated £6 billion a year.

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