first_imgA new cross-party Oireachtas group is seeking more effective ways to tackle childhood obesity.With one in four of our children currently overweight or obese, this group will consider using a sugar tax that could be used to subsidise healthy foods, such as fruit and vegetables.The group is chaired by Independent Senator Jillian van Turnhout, and the Irish Heart Foundation is supporting it. It is also being assisted by other organisations, including the Children’s rights Alliance and Social Justice Ireland.Children under the age of 15 are showing early signs of heart disease and plaque build-up in major arteries to the brain. Despite this, the national response remains inadequate.Ms van Turnhout has said “up to now, action to tackle obesity had focused on individual behaviour change through education, awareness, and media programmes.”But these measures have fallen short, with an increase year after year in obesity in Ireland. They want to put a tax on sugar as if it will make any difference to the people who want to buy it.However, the main cause of the increase in childhood obesity isn’t the food and drinks that are readily available to children.The main reason for childhood obesity is lazy parenting.If you currently have a child who is obese and there is no underlying health issue that is causing the problem, then the problem is you, the parent.You are the person who teaches your child their dietary habits. If you always choose the easy, pre-prepared comes in a box ‘food’ option, instead of actually preparing a meal yourself, you are teaching your child to be lazy when it comes to food.If, every time your child wants sweets or a sugary drink at a till, all they have to do is throw a tantrum and you give it to them, you are showing them a way to always get what they want from you, when they want it.How often do you take your children to the take-away?How often do your children have sugary drinks? How often do you have chips with your meals?How many times per week do your children take lunch to school instead of going to the canteen for chips, or sausage rolls, or any of the other high-calorie, low-nutrient options that schools and takeaways have to offer?Does your child eat vegetables?If not, it isn’t because they don’t like them. Of course, everyone can dislike a flavour or a texture, but there are hundreds of vegetables available. It is because when they didn’t want a vegetable as a child, you didn’t try and press the matter with them.You allowed them to decide that they didn’t like vegetables.We teach them the majority of their habits, whether we realise this or not.It is hardly surprising that our children are obese.Experts say that nearly half of Irish adults will be obese by 2030 if the current issues with childhood weight and obesity are not tackled.For adults the OECD has recorded that 1 in 4 Irish adults are obese (30+lbs over a normal weight).2 in every 3 Irish women and 1 in 2 Irish men are classed as overweight (10% above a normal weight).We have the 2nd highest obesity rates in Europe for adults, with the UK being the highest.The total cost to the country is around €1.6 billion per year for obesity related diseases.By 2030 only 5% of the Irish population will be classed as having a normal weight.That’s it, 5%.Until we as adults realise that, not only are we killing ourselves, we are also killing our children, things will not change.There is too much sugar coating of problems in Ireland.Obesity is fast becoming the no.1 cause of death in western society.Are offended by this article?Good.I hope it opens your eyes to what we as a nation are doing to ourselves.It’s time to wake up, get up off of our asses and make a change for our nutrition and our health, before we end up a nation with severe debilitative diseases.In the end it always comes down to choice. We choose our lifestyle. We largely control what our children eat and we influence their relationship with food.We love to blame the Health service, schools, fast-food culture and “society” but we are the people who teach our children their eating habits and we must be able to accept that, if our child is becoming overweight, we have to take responsibility.#TrainSmartFor further information on how to battle obesity, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE: LET’S STOP SUGAR COATING THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC was last modified: July 13th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Childhood obesityemmet rushefitness columnlazy parentssugarlast_img read more