Tuesday 17 October 2017

We fail to pass a vital lesson on to children

YOU can say it's about the Resurrection, about daffodils and baby chicks but let's be honest. Forget your glorious religious festival – ask any Irish kid what Easter's about and they'll tell you with a brown, sticky grin that it's chocolate eggs and two weeks of freedom in which to scoff them all.

The school holidays will come to an end, however. And our kids will return to the classroom, back to the plump bosom of an education system of which we Irish are inordinately proud; that will teach them the basics for full, active and healthy lives. A system that recommends that out of all the hours spent in education each week, only one is spent at physical education – in a country where 22pc of our kids are overweight or obese.

Of course parents have a vital hand to play in tackling childhood obesity. It should be easy – they run around, skip, play 'tig', disappear outdoors for three weeks at a time, coming home for a spit facewash and a change of pants before they're off again, right? As if.

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