Friday 23 February 2018

Irish children's diets are health time-bomb

Jamie Oliver has been trying to improve the quality of the meals eaten by children Photo: PA
Jamie Oliver has been trying to improve the quality of the meals eaten by children Photo: PA
Editorial

Editorial

Ten years after launching his healthy school dinners campaign, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver had to admit he had failed.

Oliver's belief was that feeding children healthily remained the preserve of the wealthy, leaving working class communities suffering more. Tasty, fatty foods were often the cheapest, fastest option.

On this side of the Irish Sea, the same might be said. Despite all the international research and a warning last year from the World Health Organisation that Ireland is on course to have the worst obesity crisis in Europe, we are losing the battle to eat healthily, and our children are at risk of paying the highest price.

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