Whose role is it to overcome childhood obesity, and what will help?

Whose role is it to overcome childhood obesity, and what will help? Interviews Stephanie Valentine, Education Director of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), for an educator and nutritionist’s view on childhood obesity. Outlines the work of the BNF: it is an independent scientific charity which is funded by food manufacturers and retailers as well as the government, and it focuses on the two large areas of school education and science. Presents Stephanie’s views on the power of education to change eating habits: children will naturally like some less‐than‐healthy foods, and in fact it is lack of exercise that is the greatest problem. Moves onto the role of the National Curriculum in England and Wales, and the problem that it does not include home economics. Concludes with an example of BNF’s work: the Lunchbox Project, which studies the packed lunches of schoolchildren in different social contexts. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Young Consumers: Insight and Ideas for Responsible Marketers Emerald Publishing

Whose role is it to overcome childhood obesity, and what will help?

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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1747-3616
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10.1108/17473610410814210
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Abstract

Interviews Stephanie Valentine, Education Director of the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF), for an educator and nutritionist’s view on childhood obesity. Outlines the work of the BNF: it is an independent scientific charity which is funded by food manufacturers and retailers as well as the government, and it focuses on the two large areas of school education and science. Presents Stephanie’s views on the power of education to change eating habits: children will naturally like some less‐than‐healthy foods, and in fact it is lack of exercise that is the greatest problem. Moves onto the role of the National Curriculum in England and Wales, and the problem that it does not include home economics. Concludes with an example of BNF’s work: the Lunchbox Project, which studies the packed lunches of schoolchildren in different social contexts.

Journal

Young Consumers: Insight and Ideas for Responsible MarketersEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 1, 2004

Keywords: Obesity; Children (age groups); United Kingdom; Food and drink; Schools

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