Posted by Sally O'Brien on 23/06/2014. Tags: Parenting Education And Politics
Two reports that came out recently highlighting childhood obesity and public opinion are asking government to use their power to curb the soaring childhood obesity levels in Ireland. The Safefoods
report asked parents what they think should be done at a government level believing that, ‘child-focused policies, informational measures, subsidies for healthy foods and co-operation between government and the food industry,’ are needed to address this issue.
Today’s Irish Independent
also reported that parent’s surveyed ‘believe the Government should provide improved resources for schools to upgrade their playground and exercise facilities, while 90pc feel that a mandatory minimum of 30 minutes exercise per day should be implemented in schools.’
With a shopping checkout ban
on selling sweets already underway around the country, according to Irish Health Foundation’s latest survey
, a majority of people agreed there should also be a tax on sugar-sweetened drinks in order to help curb child obesity.
With popular opinion now expressing the wish for more goverment involvment to help deal with this issue, schooldays.ie asks parents and educaters their views on this issue. Please leave a comment.
If you are worried about your child’s health please see our advice for parents on childhood obesity
and weight gain.