Nutrition: How Finland Has Solved the Problem of Obese Children – SPIEGEL ONLINE

This is an outstanding, must-read article from Spiegel. It reports that the Finnish city Seinäjoki has successfully tackled the problem of obesity in children with a program emphasizing physical fitness and better nutrition in schools. The article questions whether the lessons learned here also be applied in Germany and elsewhere in the world.

Source: Nutrition: How Finland Has Solved the Problem of Obese Children – SPIEGEL ONLINE


Opinion – Childhood obesity: the end of an epidemic? – The Conversation – John Gelmini

English: McDonald's patron, 2006.

English: McDonald’s patron, 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m afraid I believe none of these stories including this latest one brought to us by Dr Alf via” the Conversation”.

No country in the world has forced the food manufacturers to reduce sugar, salt and aspartame content in food, eliminate e-numbers from food or eliminate Bisphenol A from packaging, till rolls and plastics. No country in the world has instructed its doctors to stop prescribing pills and to prescribe diet, exercise and vitamin supplementation instead.

Obesity is everywhere you look, particularly in countries where fast food outlets have proliferated, and generally the retail fashion industry tell us that clothing sizes for people of all ages are rising and not falling as our lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary focussed on convenience and instant communications via the internet and mobile devices rather than the physical effort of looking something up. A close look at people filmed in countries which we have not travelled to shows that children are physically bigger unless they live in dire poverty or are in war zones.

Canada does not fit this description although its youthful Prime Minister might like it to be the case so the evidence does not match these assertions.

John Gelmini