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Nutrition should be a compulsory school subject according to the UK’s leading sports nutrition company, who claim that the Government’s newest measure of sending parents letters lacks impact and will have no effect on battling childhood obesity.

In response to news that Diabetes is responsible for 11% of deaths in the UK, and the Government’s latest public health offering of letters to parents, the UK’s leading sports Nutrition Company has written to the Government asserting that nutrition should be part of the National Curriculum, as it would have a much more real effect on life after school than other compulsory subjects. have written to Dawn Primarolo MP, the Public Health Minister, Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for Health, Ed Balls MP, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners in a bid to have their voice heard.

Youths are becoming more obese with every passing year according to data released by the Department of Health, with projections that state that there will be nearly 3 million children aged 2-15 years affected by obesity to the point where it affects their health by 2010.

Nutrition Company assert that in order to tackle the life-threatening trend of obesity, youths should be educated from a young age in how to make the right food choices. The company believe that Nutrition should be as compulsory as Maths or English.

Oliver Cookson, Managing Director of said,

“The Government’s latest offering doesn’t have the impact a situation such as the one we find ourselves in requires. Avoiding terms like ‘obese’ and ‘exercise’ is exactly the reason we are slipping further into this crisis. We need to take control of our own and our children’s lives, and stop shifting blame to things such as the proposed ‘fat gene’, which surprisingly, does not rear its head in many other countries.

“It is my opinion, and that of many others in the health, nutrition and fitness sector that education is paramount to battling this epidemic. Therefore, I have written to the Department of Health and the Department for Children, Schools and Families asking that something be done about this before it is too late.

“Children need to understand that their food choices do not just have an aesthetic impact, but can pose serious health risks, such as induced Diabetes, which is responsible for 11.6% of deaths in the UK, according to Diabetes UK. It is my belief that Nutrition should be a compulsory subject, where children are taught how to enjoy a healthy, well balanced diet, informed how a poor diet can lead to ill health, and educated as to the dangers of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and over-eating.

“A few hours forced physical exercise is not enough in schools, and parents need to understand that they are potentially harming their children through not taking enough responsibility.”

It is hoped that parents will back this plan for the sake of their future as well as their children’s, as 1 in 4 children whose parents are obese are obese themselves, compared to just 1 in 20 children in households where both parents are healthy weights.


For further information or to interview Oliver Cookson, MD of please contact Rich Leigh of 10 Yetis Public Relations Agency at or 01452 348 211.

EDITORS NOTES wrote to the Dept of Health and Dept for Children, Schools and Families, on the 11th August 2008.

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