Learning to cook at a young age 'could stave off obesity'

31 October 2011

It is vital that children learn how to cook for themselves to ensure they are well equipped for a nutritious adult life free from obesity, according to one expert.

Nigel Denby, dietician and founder of www.grub4life.org.uk, suggested that basic cooking is a good foundation for a child's later lifestyle.

He said: "If children and young people can't cook for themselves, they will only be able to rely on processed food, so it is vital for long-term health."

Problems with too much salt in processed foods and not enough fruit and vegetables in a daily diet are problems that are being faced by children and adults in Britain today and leading to a higher level of obesity, Mr Denby added.

Teaching a child how to prepare and cook simple, nutritious meals is a valuable tool, move to end of para and is something which will be valued in later life, according to the dietician

According to a study by Leisure Range Cookers,16 to 24 year-olds are six times more likely to bake something from scratch every day compared with any other age group. It has been suggested that this is as a result of shows such as BBC Two's The Great British Bake-Off.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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