The most precious gift this world has is our children, our future. But our children are being poisoned, and they don’t even know it. Here in Asia, obesity rates have soared- little girls and boys consuming American junk food more than traditional foods. The obesity I saw in the States and UK has come here, and it is staggering. There are entire campaigns to push junk food brands from the US as well as faux food chains OVER traditional diets, which are rich in vegetables and fruit. In Korea, we met one girl who wouldn’t eat anything save bread and fast food. She detested rice and all vegetables. Why is that? Korea’s traditional diet is LOADED with namul ( assorted vegetables), sometimes more than 5 at each meal. But if you go to Korea, you will see how many American inspired restaurants are everywhere; in our old neighborhood, 6 out of 10 restaurants were friend chicken. In Korea!
Like adults, more and more children in Asia are having trouble maintaining an appropriate body weight. In many Asian countries, one in ten children are now overweight. The figure jumps to one in five children in some urban areas.
So, what’s wrong with that? Our children will become ill, and as Jaime Oliver points out, they will die younger than their parents. They will be bullied by peers. They will get a plethora of diseases, and have an increased risk of ADHD. This epidemic of the SAD diet needs to end. We need to go back to our roots, buy local and like Jaime says, teach our kids how to cook. The future literally depends on our parenting, and saying no to fast food giants who are keen on hooking our children at a young age.
(Here is Billy’s take on green vegetables and how to easily prepare them)