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The East African : Jul 19th 2015
The EastAfrican MAGAZINE JULY 18-24,2015 food White House featu≥es healthy meals p≥epa≥ed by child≥en Winne≥s of the healthy ≥ecipe contest fo≥ students we≥e honou≥ed at a state dinne≥, w≥ites JENNIFER STEINHAUER US First Lady Michelle Obama, the nation’s nutritionist in chief, who has spent a good deal of her tenure as first lady trying to encourage children to improve their diets. How about a healthy recipe F contest for students, with the winners honoured at a state dinner featuring some of their dishes? The idea came from Tanya Steel, chief executive of Cooking Up Big Dreams, a company that creates culinary television and videos. The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge caught on, and the results reflect a youthful spin on food trends that have our years ago, a long-time food editor hatched an idea she thought would catch the fancy of engulfed the United States. In — quinoa, chickpeas, Indian and Japanese flavours, brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower. Out — Greek yogurt, packaged foods and red meat. Ground turkey was the lean protein of choice. Gluten free was on the rise. Kale? It just won’t go away. Last Friday, winners from every state, Washington, D.C., and four US territories joined President Barack Obama and Michelle and other officials for lunch at the White House, followed by a visit to the White House kitchen garden. The winners were culled from nearly 1,000 entries from children between the ages of eight and 12 who were challenged to come up with original recipes that were affordable, delicious and met the nutritional guidelines of the US Department of Agriculture, which provided one of the judges who tasted the finalists’ dishes last month in Washington. “For some of you, cooking is a way to bond with your families XI CHILD OBESITY Fat stigma fuels weight bullying That is the view of thousands of adults f≥om fou≥ count≥ies who, when asked why child≥en a≥e bullied, said the most common ≥eason was not ≥ace, ≥eligion, physical disability o≥ sexual o≥ientation, but weight. Nea≥ly th≥ee-qua≥te≥s of ≥espondents said schools and anti-bullying policies need to add≥ess the issue. Yet most US state anti-bully- B California rainbow taco with Mic-kale Obama slaw and Barackamole, the winning recipe from California. Picture: NYT and relive happy memories,” Michelle said at the lunch, where cherry tomatoes and brussels sprouts served as centrepieces for the children’s tables. Like budding food writ- ers, many children turned to their family experiences for the headnotes of their recipes, commenting on their ethnic heritages and the hours they had clocked in the kitchen with ‘‘ ing laws don’t p≥otect ove≥weight child≥en, said Rebecca Puhl, deputy di≥ecto≥ of the Rudd Cent≥e fo≥ Food Policy and Obesity at the Unive≥sity of Connecticut in Ha≥tfo≥d and the lead autho≥ of the ≥epo≥t, the fi≥st c≥oss-national study investigating weight-based bullying, published in Paediat≥ic Obesity. The≥e a≥e no US fede≥al laws Many children turned to their family experiences for the headnotes of their recipes.” parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Gracie Giles, for instance, who is nine and from Guam, came up with Y’obama Yakisoba, a noodle dish inspired by her father, who is Japanese. Health issues among the children and their families were also addressed. Eight-year-old Abigail Horne of Indiana created “Little Man Lunch,” substituting plantains for bread because, she wrote, “My little brother is sensitive to wheat.” Others were concerned with diabetes or their parents’ fight against other health concerns. Thus arose Caribbean Delight, a concoction of tropical fruits and cheese on a whole wheat pita, created by Bobby Sena, a 12-year-old from Florida, for his mother, who has high cholesterol. “He did it for a Mother’s Day present for me,” Marybelle Doe said of her son, who counts football and gardening among his hobbies, and a little cooking. “He doesn’t cook anything too elaborate. He makes an arugula salad.” As per the rules, she was not involved in recipe development. “The only thing I did was taste it,” she said. NYT US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge at a White House dinner on July 8. Picture: NYT that gua≥antee equal t≥eatment of people who a≥e ove≥weight o≥ obese. “It is actually legal to disc≥imi- nate on the basis of weight,” Puhl said. As obesity ≥ates have ≥isen, she said, so much emphasis has been placed on taking pe≥sonal ≥esponsibility fo≥ body weight and changing behaviou≥s, “that the≥e is a pe≥ception that these youth a≥e somehow to blame fo≥ thei≥ weight and in some way dese≥ve this t≥eatment. “The≥e’s also a widesp≥ead mispe≥ception that stigma may not be such a bad thing, and that maybe c≥iticism will get people motivated to lose weight,” Puhl said. In fact, she said, the opposite is t≥ue: People who a≥e picked on because of thei≥ weight often engage in unhealthy behaviou≥s. Students who a≥e teased fo≥ being fat in gym class, fo≥ example, often sta≥t skipping PE to avoid being bullied. Fo≥ the new study, ≥esea≥ch- e≥s su≥veyed the views of 2,866 adults in the US, Canada, Iceland and Aust≥alia. These fou≥ count≥ies have simila≥ ≥ates of childhood and adult obesity, as well as simila≥ cultu≥al attitudes that laud thinness and being physically active, Puhl said. About th≥ee-qua≥te≥s of pa≥ticipants said schools should ≥aise awa≥eness about weight-based bullying and implement policies that p≥otect ove≥weight kids. Indeed, as obesity ≥ates have inc≥eased in ≥ecent yea≥s, pe≥ceived weight and height disc≥imination have also ≥isen, ≥esea≥ch shows. While some health expe≥ts acknowledge that individual genetic and metabolic di≠e≥ences mean that some people a≥e mo≥e p≥one to gaining weight than othe≥s, the most widely disseminated public health message is that anyone can achieve a desi≥able weight by eating less and exe≥cising ≥egula≥ly. eing fat is the most common ≥eason child≥en a≥e bullied.
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