Can someone PLEASE step away from the school canteen!!
No seriously I mean it! I feel like right now I have to go into bat for the school canteen, because clearly our government and nanny state is out to ruin childhood memories!
This morning it has been announced that there is now a new list of foods being removed from school canteens and this includes banning or severely restricting butter, nutella, VEGEMITE (yes you read that right – that is a partial criminal offence and the most un-Australian thing EVER!), pies (also un-Aussie) and fairy bread!
Now firstly I am an advocate for healthy, balanced eating but this over control of what children are allowed to eat at school has got to stop…so too does the endless conversation and focus on food which is creating the very issue that it’s trying to solve.
I understand that we have a growing obesity problem in this country, but what is more concerning is that we have a growing eating disorders problem! We have an even more alarming increase on eating related problems and that encompasses everything from obesity to anorexia and also includes obsessive eating behaviours that often go un-diagnosed but create an immense amount of anxiety to individuals.
While I think there is a need to be focused on health and healthy eating, we have now spent years focussing on the “obesity crisis” and it seems, if all statistics are in fact correct to not really be helping! Why? well that’s because it’s not being dealt with on a case by case basis but more of a mass problem which is not how eating related issues can be managed.
It’s not a mass problem, it’s individual. Everyone’s metabolisms work differently. Every household runs differently and no one person or government can control it all.
I fear for my children. I want them to enjoy every aspect of going to school and that includes the occasional treat from the tuck shop. But now we are removing that right from them too.