Children Need More Nutrition Guidance

Children Need More Nutrition Guidance

We teach our kids lots of stuff in school, but do we miss out some important areas. Nutrition is of course essential but many children’s knowledge is sadly lacking as this new study demonstrates.

New study in the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has recently discovered that one in December 14 into 16-year-olds in the united kingdom believe strawberries develop underground, and also a quarter of all primary school kids believe oats comes out of plants.

The study, conducted as part of the BNF’s annual Healthy Eating Week, surveyed over 5,000 schoolchildren aged 5-16, and also discovered that over just one in ten (13 percent) of 8 to 11-year-olds said flour came out of a beast, and nearly one fifth (18 percent) of 5 into 7-year-olds stated fish hands were created from chicken. The survey also discovered just one in ten 11 to 14-year-olds didn’t understand bananas and potatoes grow underground.

Kids in the survey were also asked to indicate in which they supply their advice on healthful eating from. Over half (54 percent) of 11 into 14-year-olds quoted that the world wide web, growing to nearly two thirds (64 percent) to the 14 to 16 age group.

Schools have been documented as the second most significant source of info to 14 to 16-year-olds (51 percent); nearly two thirds (59 percent) of 11 to 14-year-olds rely on colleges to supply them with the right details.

Regardless of knowing that they need to eat five servings of vegetables and fruit every day, kids still don’t understand what must be contained in their five years. 14 into 16-year-olds believed strawberry jam and boiled potatoes led to a individual’s ‘five a day’ (25 percent and 50 percent, respectively) though, eight in 10 (82 percent) 11 into 14-year-olds did understand dried vegetables or fruit measured towards that.  There’s a similar study conducted in Dublin, although you’ll need an Irish proxy to access that from the RTE  website.

49 percent of primary school kids reported hitting on their five years, but just 27 percent of 14 into 16-year-olds. But over half (51 percent) of primary school children reported eating five parts of fruit and vegetables during daily before; 67 percent of secondary school kids reported the exact same. Over one in ten (12 percent) of 14 into 16-year-olds replied they’d none.

Roy Ballam, managing director and head of instruction in the British Nutrition Foundation, said: “Without formal expert assistance given to teachers intimately, schools and individual teachers accept the duty of translating and delivering the curriculum in their very own manner. This strategy means that there’s a probability of conflicting or deceptive messaging being disseminated through newspapers across the united kingdom. This, together with the newest results of this survey demonstrating that the world wide web is among the most well-known sources of advice for adolescents, means it’s never been more significant for schools and educators to be armed with the right info to ensure kids and young adults can decipher between reality and fake news”

Further Reading – nutrition section and documentaries on the BBC website, to access the BBC iPlayer from abroad, check this link.

Infant Mortality Research Study

It might not come as a big surprise, however the latest health research has confirmed an important fact.   The survival chances of sick new born African babies depends largely on the ages and educational level of their parents particularly the mothers.

The findings of this health studies have indicated the ages and educational levels of moms and other predictors are crucial determinants in the success of ill new-born infants in certain districts in the North Region. The analysis, beneath the endothelial Maternal and Neonatal Deaths in Rural Northern Ghana (PREMAND). Study, also revealed there had been an increased probability of infant mortality related to mothers that had been in polygamous marriages, and also people whose siblings had less schooling and willed the most powerful voice in deciding to look for ill babies.

Covering the period between August 2014 and February 2017, the analysis discovered 211 neonatal deaths and 87 near-misses over the four districts together with half of all deaths happening from the East Mamprusi district from the North Region. The analysis, conducted to determine the aspects that differentiate between neonatal deaths and also near-misses over four districts of North Ghana -Sissala East, Kassena-Nankana East and West and East Mamprusi- revealed that mothers who didn’t seek antenatal care, didn’t possess a skilled birth attendant and that didn’t look outside the house for baby’s sickness run the possibility of dropping their new-borns. Annually, near 3 million infants die before age of one month while many others endure life-threatening issues but endure, called ‘near-misses’.

The study from Cheryl A. Moyer and Katherine H. James in the University of Michigan Medical School and John Williams of the Navrongo Health Research Centre discovered the “most important factors related to seeking care outside the house were maternal maternal mothers and ages with the most powerful voice at care-seeking determination”   There have been other pieces of research that have confirmed this and you can find some documentation on international news sites like the BBC, check this.

According to the analysis, the findings indicated that the significance of schooling in forcing proper healthcare seeking, in addition to the demand for community-driven interventions to deal with immediate care-seeking. The study thus supplied evidence of a causal pathway in which girls with the most powerful voice about care-seeking because of their sick infants raised the probability of their success and reduced the likelihood of new-born passing.

Time to Ban Junk Food Adverts

A campaign group who target junk food and the way it’s marketed has produced a report marking out some of the dangers. In all it looked at the major UK TV channels and studied close to 750 adverts which were shown in prime time viewing for young people. The findings were quite shocking to some extent, over 10% of them were promoting some sort of junk food. Ranging from fast food outlets, sweets, biscuits or other forms of fast processed food.

The analysis was actually carried out by researchers from the University of Liverpool and they found that the unhealthy food accounted for about 50% of food adverts and 11% of advertising overall. The campaign group who commissioned the study, have protested that children are being bombarded with adverts for the unhealthy food.

There is a simple reason that these companies target prime time viewing and that’s because it works. Children are more likely to be seduced by these adverts and will then turn their persuasive powers towards their parents. The earlier these adverts go out the more likely the parents will succumb to demands and buy the children junk food rather than perhaps a proper meal.

The campaigners want the ban on these products to be extended to 9pm when less children will see them and they are likely to be less effective due to the later hour. It’s a reasonable request, after all there is increasing concern about our children’s health and weight. Also the current situation is simply allowing children to commercially exploited for financial gain. In some senses just targeting TV commercials won’t solve the problem about this direct marketing to our children.

Many kids spend more time on computers and the internet than watching TV in any case.  Also the rules and regulations change per country, many Irish children watch UK TV stations by accessing BBC iPlayer from Ireland like this.

Adverts in this format are much more difficult to regulate when children are watching YouTube channels or using tools to access Facebook (despite often blocks by commercial software) – see this video about how it’s done. In this world advertising can be injected into a child’s view in any number of ways, through direct adverts, sponsorship or even product placements in games and movies. Technical Information: – BBC News Links.

Is Netflix Worth it for Kids ?

For several years now I’ve been paying a small fortune in cable bills for hundreds of TV stations that I never watch. I had presumed though that my children were at least making use of this expense, but I recently discovered that the most watched channel on my TV was actually the two free BBC kids ones. Which are easy to access even from Ireland using this method for the BBC iPlayer.

So after reviewing my options I decided to save myself this bill and look for alternatives to provide some entertainment for my children at a more affordable price. I had a range of multimedia devices but the two that seemed to work best were a little device called the Roku and the WiiU my children’s favorite games console. There are lots of other devices like the Playstation and Xbox that would work just as well.

My first port of call was the Amazon service that was called Love Film but is now bundled with a membership for Amazon Prime. A free trial was on offer (which is easily cancelled) and I decided to try it out for a month. First of all the interface on the WiiU is awful, there seems to be a huge amount of lag when you select anything or press a key. There’s quite a lot of content on it but nothing that brilliant, most of the latest stuff you have to pay for though to stream. It’s probably worth a look but the interface on the WiiU put me right off as it’s a nightmare to use. If you have access on something else like your TV or Xbox perhaps it will work better – it costs about £72 a year but that it includes all the fast Amazon delivery if you buy lots from them.

Next I checked out Netflix, which worked both on my WiiU and the Roku, slightly prefer the WiiU as you can use the gamepad and screen to browse when someone is watching something else. Be warned though there are lots of different country versions of Netflix and the US one is by far the best – watch this if you want access – How to Get US Netflix. The cost is £5.99 a month and there’s a huge amount of choice.

There’s nothing absolutely new, but hundreds of complete series that you can get your money’s worth – we’ve watched loads of UK series we’d missed, Lost (all 70 odd episodes), Grimm and a load of others. There’s really an awful lot of content and lots of films from about 12 months plus – neat little system to find and recommend. Well worth the investment and I have watched more on Netflix for £5.99 than I ever did on my £69 monthly subscription to SKY TV. It is worth investigating the different versions though, there’s loads more content on the American version and being able to switch countries is most useful – I did it by changing the DNS settings on my router using a Smart DNS service like this video shows.