Urgent action that can beat obesity

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As a personal fitness instructor I was very concerned to read ‘School lock-in plans to battle childhood obesity in South Yorkshire’ (October 3).

This is too little too late and will be counter-productive. South Yorkshire has very high rates of obesity and we need to act urgently.

The problem can largely be addressed by education.

Whenever I train kids certain patterns always become apparent. When kids do physical exercise in schools it is very easy for someone in a big group to get away with not doing any exercise at all – part of the reason for such obesity. That said I am amazed at how little stretching they do in schools.

In an ideal world I would like to see mid-morning physical exercise (say 11-12.30) followed by 15 minutes of stretching followed by a glass of milk (or something else high in protein) with a healthy lunch.

I would also like to see a huge improvement in the quality of school meals and this should be done in conjunction with a dietician for each school.

A lot of parents don’t know what is healthy and what is not.

For example it never ceases to amaze me that a lot of people think that by not eating you will lose weight. I can’t think of many things that are further from the truth or are as dangerous.

If you starve yourself your body’s metabolism will slow down to conserve energy and will try to hold on to as much energy as possible by storing it as fat.

So your body will store as much fat as possible when do you eat. One very easy method to gain better health is to eat five small meals a day.

I am also amazed that people don’t know that simply standing on one foot can go a long way to losing excess calories.

On a daily basis people tell me that they eat healthily and on looking at their nutrition they don’t – the worst seem to be people who work in the NHS.

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James Bond