I would like to share my experience with all of you about a seminar on junk food presented by me to children. One of my favorite activity involves giving talks to various age groups and help to spread information on healthy diet and inculcate good eating habits in all. Just last week I happened to be invited by a school to give a talk to children of age 8-10 years. This was the first time I was talking to a very young but lively, vivacious group.
The school had previously conducted a debate on the pros and cons on eating junk food and they wanted someone to reinforce and make them understand how their health can be effected my eating junk food and I was their ideal choice as a dietitian.
It was a large audience of 400 students and all of them were eagerly waiting to listen to me.
I gave a presentation on junk food where all the depiction was done by using cartoon characters such as Popeye who showed them why spinach is good for health. The kids went all oooh and aaaah when I showed them the wrong foods such as burgers, chips, pizzas, soft drinks as they were latched on to eating it daily. They did have a feeble idea of the ill effects.
I spoke to them on obesity, dehydration, consequences of soft drinks, healthy choices in snacks and effect of excess sugar and salt on their health. I did mention about the benefits of eating breakfast and its effect on better performance at schools.
Half way through the talk, they realized that they were harming their bones, teeth, school performance and ultimately their health.
The children too gave me a lot of inputs and from their faces I could make out that they were very happy about the information I had provided to them.
And believe me I could not control the crowd when they started asking me doubts and I realized they were many of them are well read and they asked me questions about caffeine, Instant noodles etc. and they were shooting questions from all sides. Pheeww!!!
I really enjoyed my self and loved the interactive sessions I had with them.
Nutrition as we know plays a very big role in our growth and development and teaching our children from an early age to make good choices and help them to secure a healthy future.