We are failing our children. Here's how.
Northeast of England 'sports' the most obese kids in our green and pleasant land.
|Roll yourself to school|
As a kid in the Northeast you have two
options to go to school:
Mum will fix it! She's got a car. Just
evolve into a ball and roll next time, your legs are not required any
Alternatively, get on your bike or
walk. But, oh, it's your parents who don't let you, because there's too
many cars? Pity.
The general UK population not
faring any better.
We are Europe's unhealthy fatsos.
And for the Northeast England?
Well, we are amongst the fattest adults and children in our country.
Prof Stephen Singleton, Director of Public Health in
the Northeast and patron of the Newcastle
"Without help, overweight children will become
overweight or obese adults and will be at increased risk of heart attacks, high
blood pressure, diabetes and stroke."
Hey, kids! So what do we do?
We'll just keep incarcerating you indoors in houses
and cars, because the notion of fresh air is too scary. No notion of
independence, freedom, and growing up free-thinking individuals... we keep strangling
you with apron strings.
Polls show that 30% of you actually want to cycle to
Undeterred, we are now bringing you up as Little
Scardies who cannot face the world, are socially inept and not equipped to
evaluate real risk. All because we deprived you of a chance to try things out
and learn by doing. Packed in cotton wool. Bereft of essential life skills.
And so we continue to 'drive' you away where-ever
when-ever we can. From a free range existence, from public spaces...
|A sign. At Newcastle Civic Centre|
When will the madness end... all the sugar & fat and game consoles have made you calm and obedient. Everyone's a winner. Sort of.
|A sign. Longbenton public green space|
A new take on ageism.