Health: Food traffic light: Too many fat children?
The head of the Clinic for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Ernst von Bergmann Clinic in Potsdam and President of the Conference of the German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ), Prof. Dr. med. Michael Radke spoke to the dpa news agency about a frightening increase in child obesity and again spoke out in favor of the introduction of a traffic light.
According to Radke's statements, obesity in Germany is now at 15 percent and thus occupies the top position in the European Union (EU). At the same time, it warns at the beginning of the largest children's and adolescent medical congress in Potsdam with 3000 participants from home and abroad, before US conditions in Germany - because, in his opinion, too many sweets, fast food, soft drinks and little physical activity are the cause.
Radke is considered a specialist in nutritional disorders in childhood and adolescence and points out that obesity can lead to motor disorders and diseases such as type 2 diabetes and psychological problems.
As a solution, he calls for the introduction of a traffic light and school lunches, and at the same time accuses politicians of failing to put it into practice. In school, in his opinion, the supply of sweets and sugary drinks should be restricted.
According to media reports, there should be a number of pediatricians, parents and parent associations, as well as child and youth organizations, which have long been calling for the introduction of the traffic light. So far, scientific knowledge does not seem to prove any positive effect of this food labeling. A study conducted by the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences for nutritional labeling two years ago by the professor of nutritional and health psychology and member of the Scientific Presidium of the German Nutrition Society (DGE) Joachim Westenhöfer was unable to demonstrate any change in eating behavior due to the labeling.
In his book “Hunger und Lust”, the book author and graduate nutritionist Uwe Knop even assumes that an appropriately shaped food intake, especially in childhood, leads to the inability to ingest the food that is appropriate and required by the organism. According to his theses, the reduction in body awareness could lead to later eating disorders. (tf)
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