Thursday, 26 November 2009

GPs reject training to identify obese babies | News

GPs reject training to identify obese babies | News

It seems we shouldn't take it personally that apathetic GP's failed to turn up to meet Peter Gleave ( the 72 year old who has recently reversed his diabetes on a plant based diet) at our 5 a Day Day Launch 200 of them also snubbed the National Obesity Forum!
London doctors are failing to identify overweight children and could be increasing the risk of serious illness, an obesity expert warned today.
Almost 200 GPs failed to turn up for specialist training in a new method of measuring child growth designed to identify babies who are overweight and fast-track them into special diet programmes.
Tam Fry, from the National Obesity Forum, has made an official complaint to the Royal College of General Practitioners.
The Government's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition ordered GPs to get extra training in using new charts to identify child growth patterns. More than 200 in Westminster were offered training but only 11 turned up to the sessions last week.
Mr Fry said: "I am disappointed with GPs and I am appalled they had this reaction. When it comes to children, which should be everyone's priority, there is no interest whatsoever."

Fat Croydon : A Mini Scotland in London

Shock rise in number of Scots boys classed as being overweight - News

Croydon seems to be the Scotland of London. You'd be hard pushed to find a deep fried battered mars bar but what we lack in battered chocolate we make up for in fried chicken and pizzas.

As in Croydon number of morbidly obese and overweight Scottish children has risen dramatically in the last ten years, government figures reveal.

the boys did particularly badly. Between 1998 and 2008 the number of overweight boys aged two to 15 rose from 28 to 36 per cent, while the number of morbidly obese boys jumped from 7 to 9 per cent.

Jane DeVille-Almond, vice chairman of the National Obesity Forum, said: "The child obesity rate is particularly alarming."

She added that by targeting children, public health officials were failing to address the cause of childhood obesity – overweight parents.

Buying extra-wide beds, wider bedside chairs and wider wheelchairs for increasing numbers of obese patients cost the Scottish NHS £4.4 million in the last five years.

And in 2003 it was estimated that obesity related health problems were costing the Scottish NHS £171 million a year.

Commenting on the figures, public health minister Shona Robison recognised that obesity is an increasing problem in Scotland, posing a serious threat to health.

She said: "Prevention will always be better than cure, and by concentrating on the causes of obesity we stand a better chance of winning the battle.

"Worryingly one in six children are overweight or obese in Scotland and, if unchecked, that will rise to one in four by 2050."

The NHS survey used Body Mass Index (BMI) – a measure of body fat based on height and weight – to calculate obesity.

Monday, 23 November 2009

ISS Caterhouse 5 a Day Catering

ISS Caterhouse - School catering services Meat Free Monday Menu

"We need a school catering company such as ISS caterhouse in Croydon" says Croydon Nutritionist.Yvonne Bishop-Weston "They have worked with the Soil Association and other organisations to provide the highest standards of healthier food in schools. They have implemented the UK's first meat free monday menu in Barham School"

Yvonne's husband, food consultant and volunteer at Dad's Time says "The current Croydon Bourough school caterers must at least be held partly responsible for the high rates of childhood obesity in Croydon. It's happened on their watch"

Teesdale pupil claims Meat free Monday was her idea.

Gazette Live - News - Local News - Meat free Monday was Bydales School pupil's idea

"Bydales School pupil Ellie Pearce, 14, became North-east Climate Change Champion six months ago after suggesting meat free days to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from livestock - thought to be a major cause of global warming."

London School First Meat Free Monday

School Food Trust | The PETA foundation launches Meat-Free Monday

There are now 2 schools signed up to the 5 a Day Concept in London, Barham Park Primary School in Wembley North London and Townley Grammar School in Bexleyheath Kent.

PETA Foundation has produced two Meat-Free Monday resource packs for teachers. The packs contain activities, assembly ideas, lesson plans and a colour poster. Schools participate by serving nourishing meat-free meals and calculating the impact that their pupils and teachers have on the environment and animals with PETA Foundation's Meat-Free Monday Calculator.

"Pupils will learn that what they eat can help them be responsible global citizens", explains PETA Foundation Manager Suzanne Barnard. "By going meat-free once a week at lunchtime and participating in the accompanying lessons and projects, they can see how the choices they make today can affect future generations and help prevent climate change."

The project addresses four pressing issues

* climate change,
* global poverty,
* increasing rates of obesity,
* animal welfare.

For more information about Meat-free Monday or to order a free education pack, please visit

London in 5 a Day : Video : Pics

London's scrumptious skyline: Video: Good Food Channel

London has been given the 5 a day fruit and vegetable healthy treatment in this incredible creation commissioned by the Good Food Channel (formerly UKTV Food)

The finished artwork took Carl Warner and his team of five model makers three weeks to craft, construct and compile. Challenges they faced included how to keep the fresh and highly perishable fruit and vegetables looking their best for the final image and which types of produce would compliment the grandeur of the iconic buildings.

London's premier landmark Big Ben was recreated with slices of citrus fruit while an edible version of The Houses of Parliament is built with a mix of asparagus, green and runner beans subtly mixed with baby sweetcorn to depict the intricate stonework of the political palace.