Thursday, August 20, 2009

Eat, drink and be merry

Parents should not put ham or salami in their children's packed lunches because processed meat increases the risk of developing cancer, experts in the disease are warning ...

"It makes sense for children to adopt a healthy adult eating pattern from the age of five. WCRF advises it is best to avoid it [processed meat] as well as many of the habits we develop as children last into adulthood."
Eating disorder charities are reporting a rise in the number of people suffering from a serious psychological condition characterised by an obsession with healthy eating ... orthorexia nervosa

The obsession about which foods are "good" and which are "bad" means orthorexics can end up malnourished. Their dietary restrictions commonly cause sufferers to feel proud of their "virtuous" behaviour even if it means that eating becomes so stressful their personal relationships can come under pressure and they become socially isolated.
From the UN World Food Programme
1.02 billion people do not have enough to eat - more than the populations of USA, Canada and the European Union ... 25,000 people (adults and children) die every day from hunger and related causes ...
And we worry about a bit of salami.


Anton Deque said...

We can afford to worry when we know where our next meal is coming from.

Shuggy said...

And we worry about a bit of salami.

Who's this 'we' you refer to?

The Plump said...

Well Shuggy, I worry about salami. I remember when I was a young whippersnapper how it was safe for salami to walk the streets in peace. Now with all the gun and knife crime salami can't go out at night. And it knew its place. None of this cheek to its social superiors, no being rude to mozzarella. No, a quick clip round the ear and on and on and on ... going to the dogs ... etc. etc.