Last week’s NEDIC Conference in Toronto
Since attending a recent conference on Eating Disorders, and listening to poignant talks about body image and self-esteem, I was waiting for one of these brilliant doctors and speakers to mention the importance of teaching and learning – about the body, about food, about the way it all intertwines into how we think, act, and feel. When I speak of education, I am referring to uncovering the true science. I am talking about honest education.
WE create kids’ Curiosity about food science. If we CARE to.
Kids start school at 4 or 5 years old, and are in school until seventeen, at which point they make choices about their learning, the careers they want to pursue, or simply the things about which they are curious. But when they are young, it is adults who decide what is important. To assume that frustrations and obsessions about food and the body in later years is somehow NOT related to the LACK of importance we (adults) place on it from a young age, is bogus. Computers and technology are rated as highly useful for kids, from as young an age as possible. If you can push a button, you can work a computer. While you guzzle fruit loops and milk.
We have an IPAD app. for everything.
The same way kids find all the apps on their IPADs interesting, so too might they find all the workings of the body to be quite fascinating. Apparently, grown-ups don’t deem it to be so important to learn. Unless the Dairy Board can profit from it. At the conference, I was pleasantly surprised (at first glance) to see that there was a booth for Educating Teachers about how to teach nutrition. But when I went onto the website…http://ontario.teachnutrition.org/home.aspx, I almost gagged at the audacity of it. The Dairy Board was pumping out its self-promoting information under the term “education”.
Sugar (lactose)and processed foods negatively impact the brain. AND the body.
This is too boring a topic to teach, apparently. Or perhaps the Dairy Board has never deemed it valuable for profit purposes. Let’s NOT teach kids science. Lets teach them to drink milk…oh, and chocolate milk.
Real information on how to take care of themselves is the most empowering life tool we can offer kids…who eventually become youth, preoccupied with the science of food and how it works in the body they have never REALLY learned about. How about empowering them with comprehensive information as a ticket to self-esteem, rather than spoon-feeding tidbits of untruths that lead to blanks in their guidebook for how to care best for the body they have?