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tammy

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After numerous meetings with my 9yr old s school where I have been assured that he will be excused from healthy eating classes, I am extremely disappointed that the school thought it was appropriate to let him sit in on an assembly discussing a new healthy eating venture they will be starting.
They will be encouraging children to swop unhealthy snacks in their pack lunches with a piece of fruit provided by Tesco. There was a PowerPoint presentation showing the types of unhleathy snacks such as crisps and sweets that they could swop!
I feel so let down as the school know the ordeal we have been through and it is the deputy head who I have been dealing with who did this presentation.
I also think this is potentially a dangerous thing to do as my daughter for one is allergic to citrus fruits and tomatoes!
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Totally outrageous! As a parent it is up to you what you put in a child’s lunchbox. Words fail me. I think I would be wanting to sit down again with them and try and explain how potentially dangerous demonising certain foods can be for children and how it may lead a child who is vulnerable to develop an eating disorder.😡😡
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I’ll be furious too! Have you had a chance to see the deputy head about it yet, and what did they say?

Is this a scheme that Tescos is trying to roll out to lots of different schools?

I wonder if your school would be receptive to getting a copy of the eating disorders policy that Eva Musby has put together? As well as giving a suggested policy document, it gives lots of background information to explain the whys and hows of the policy, including the dangers of the current healthy eating approach your school has adopted.
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Hi Tammy, yes it is very disappointing [mad]!

It is a pity, that they don't take this illness very serious. My d's school let her sit in an assembly where they discussed how many kilojoules food had and how long one needed to exercise to work it off. No word on eating for growth or just to cover one's daily needs. Big sigh!

I would add to Ping_Pong's idea to speak with the deputy head about this. They need to understand that is a biologically based illness and that your d didn't choose to be sick. I gave my d's teacher the book "Brave girl eating" by Harriet Brown to read. After reading it, she was more understanding. I also photocopied pages from Eva Musby's book to show them what causes eating disorder and what does not. It takes a lot of education. I moved my d to a smaller Christian school and apart from an initial meeting never had to meet with them. Sometimes the culture of the school doesn't provide much support.

Here is a link to an article how health classes can lead to eating disorders. It might be useful to give a copy to them: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/link-to-eating-disorders-raises-concerns-about-school-health-programs/article11857923/  and http://nationalpost.com/health/school-based-healthy-living-programs-triggering-eating-disorders-in-some-children-canadian-study

The American Academy of Pediatrics released guidelines to prevent obesity and eating disorders. Here is the link: http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2016/08/new-guidelines-offer-one-approach-to-prevent-teen-obesity-eating-disorders.html?mc_cid=4d3592f84d&mc_eid=d4ccfdcb48 and http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/08/18/peds.2016-1649

Here is a quote from the last reference:

"Most adolescents who develop an ED were not previously overweight. However, it is not unusual for an ED to begin with a teenager “trying to eat healthy.”32 Some adolescents and their parents misinterpret obesity prevention messages and begin eliminating foods they consider to be “bad” or “unhealthy.”32 US Food and Drug Administration–mandated nutrition facts on food labels list percent daily values based on a 2000-kcal diet. Moderately active adolescent girls require approximately 2200 kcal/day, and moderately active adolescent boys require 2800 kcal/day for normal growth and development. Teenagers who are athletes require even higher caloric intakes.33 Strict adherence to a 2000-kcal/day diet may lead to an energy deficit and weight loss for many growing teenagers."

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Wow.  It is also infuriating because it sends the message to the kids that their parents don't know what's good for them.  Wow.  I don't know the Tesco company.  Why are they involved?    
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Thank you all for your responses and for sharing my frustration. Thanks Mamaroo for the links I will read them today.
I actually had a meeting with the headteacher three weeks ago and she seemed proactive. I used Eva Musbys wonderful resources and she seemed totally on board! She asked me to come along to a teachers training day in August to do a presentation. She also said she was going to review all the materials the school used to make sure they were appropriate.

The following week my non ED daughter who is eleven was sent home with a food diary to complete. It stated if you ate too much and didn’t burn it off with exercise it turns to fat and you may become ill. I complained and this class was stopped.

I have written a very strongly worded letter of complaint as they have gone against my wishes with my son and could have put him on a very rocky road again.

Tesco is a large supermarket chain in the UK. My s eating disorder started when he was taken to a Tesco store by the school and taught to read labels as a part of a healthy eating initiative called farm to fork. As far as I know this was a national program. I am going to write to Tesco to explain the dangers of what they are doing and to suggest if they want to do something to help they could fund an educational resource pack to be used in schools which is produced by eating disorder experts, dietitians, education and health departments!
I plan to meet with school today. I spoke to my s this morning as I wanted to check what message he took home from this. He said that they were to swop their unhealthy snacks for fruit and give the unhealthy snacks to a food bank in Tesco for the poor! How many wrong messages are they giving!
He said he was not going to waste his play time swopping his snack for fruit!
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Tescos is one of our big supermarket chains in the UK, EDAction. Not sure if they are behind the campaign Tammy is talking about in her kids’ school, though. They did have a big campaign a couple of years back called ‘Happy Eating’ and ‘Farm to Fork’. I think the main thrust of that was teaching children about where food comes from, rather than healthy eating, but I may be wrong.

Tesco’s give away free fruit to children in their stores but I don’t know if that extends to schools. Anyone else in the UK know of such a scheme??
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Ping pong- yes the program I am referring to is in conjunction with Tesco but think this might be a local thing. They no longer do farm to fork but their resources are on line and include teaching to read labels, food diaries etc
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Tammy this makes me so angry on so many levels.
Here is another good link for you.
https://cheriemonarch.com/2017/02/27/dont-look-in-my-lunchbox/

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Hi tammy,
so sorry that you have to fight with school again.
It is so sucking that we always have to fight AN and system.

Some people get lung cancer from smoking. Not all. So would we allow the school to have advertisement for cigarettes? Surely not.

In Germany companies are not allow to advertise in schools. Is that different in UK? Why is Tesco allowed to start something like that? That would be seen as hidden advertisement here...

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Aghhh! Tammy this makes me furious too...and you've only just had that horrible experience with your daughter's school.

Why don't people get it?? It's staggering.
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Thank you for the link toothfairy. I wish we had the same rules as Germany regarding hidden advertising Tina72. The annoying thing is Meadow they are both at the same school. My s take home message was that they should give their unhealthy food to the poor and my niece thought that if she didn’t swop her snack the poor would go hungry! These are two intelligent kids who have totally missed the point! There was also a BBC news feature in Breakfast show this morning discussing a programme where they weigh kids in school in Manchester to track weights to try to reduce obesity. There was a dietician on. A few callers phoned in to say this is how their ED started . She responded that she had not seen any evidence of this and that in her opinion the kids loved getting height and weight done and became quite competitive. ALARM BELLS ringing! This was from a professional!
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The mind boggles, tammy.  What a stressful situation for your family.  

And imagine kids getting competitive about their weight.  [mad]


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