We must fight childhood obesity

PUBLISHED : Monday, 03 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 03 October, 2011, 12:00am


Many children eat a lot of snacks and dine out at fast-food restaurants. We should be concerned about their health.

These days parents tend to pamper their children too much. A sad result is the growing problem of child obesity.

Parents should monitor their children's diet and lifestyle. They should draft a healthy diet list, including enough vegetables and fruits, for their children to follow.

The government should also take the lead in promoting a healthier lifestyle among children. That should include making schools have more PE lessons. It would not only help students to stay healthy but also develop sports. The government should also require schools to provide healthier food to children.

Children may not want to exercise at first, but over time they will develop discipline. It is true that parents are often reluctant to force their children to do things they don't want to do. But children's health is very important and parents should be willing to do all it takes to ensure a healthy younger generation.

Tam Siu-ting, Poca Wong Siu Ching Secondary School

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Siu-ting. There are many reasons behind the developed world's growing problem of obesity. One thing we do know is that as a country modernises, it seems to step away from its traditional diet and swings towards pre-prepared foods. Parents no longer have the time to cook for their children, or themselves, and so rely on convenience foods that can easily be heated in the microwave oven, or gobbled down on the street on the way home.

There is no time to take children to tennis lessons, or let them ride their bikes after school. It's all about money, and making sure they can earn enough of it.

Hopefully that will change, and people will begin to make better choices about their lifestyles.

Susan, Editor