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Monday, September 18th 2006

Protesting The Obesity Gap

UK mom’s are protesting the growing advantage the United States holds in childhood obesity. “If this government isn’t going to help close this alarming gap by stuffing out kids with fizzy drinks, then we’ll do it ourselves!

A group of mothers has started delivering fast food through a school’s fence in protest at the campaign for healthier school meals.

Julie Critchlow, 43, started taking the food for her children Rachel, 15, and Steven, 11, and two friends before others asked to be included. There are now four mothers delivering between 50 and 60 meals a day, with orders taken during the mid-morning break.

Mrs Critchlow said: “The reason we have done this is because our kids are being served up disgusting, overpriced rubbish by the school and are not allowed out at lunchtimes to buy something they can enjoy.

“Food is cheaper and better at the local takeaways. We don’t make a penny on it. We just want to make sure the kids are properly fed. They don’t enjoy the school food and the end result is that they are starving.”

Schools have been told to serve healthier menus including at least two servings of fruit and vegetables per day, and no more than two portions of deep-fried food each week.

The best line of course?

“I don’t know what my kids weigh but it’s not always down to what they eat, it’s as much to do with their genes.”

With this trend, by the next generation that health gap between us and our neighbors across the sea might not be so much in their favor.