Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Nanny Scares Children
Nanny felt a little left out of the Halloween celebrations this year, and has decided that although it was over a week ago she would still like to give someone a fright; just to show us that she is human.
Now she put her thinking cap on and wondered, who would it be best to frighten?
No, she frightens them on a daily basis with her council tax and crime stats.
No she frightens them with her tax rises and health care system.
Wait a minute, what about children?
Brilliant, she hasn't frightened them for a while.
Therefore she got together with her chums at the British Heart Foundation (BHF), and formulated a campaign to scare children about fast food.
This way she kills two birds with one stone, she gives the kids a scare and pisses off the fast food industry (which she hates with venom).
An awareness campaign called Food4Thought found that more than a third of 8-14 year olds had no clue what the main ingredient in potato chips was (some children answered oil, eggs, apples, and flour). Additionally, another nearly 4 in ten of them did not know that milk was the primary item that comprised cheese.
What does this tell us about many children in this country?
They are pig ignorant.
How has this appalling level of ignorance come about?
Parents no longer spend time with their children, in the kitchen, showing them how to cook.
Nanny has told parents that both of them must work, and parents have happily handed over the upbringing (aside from just the basic 3 R's) to Nanny.
A very dangerous state of affairs indeed.
The BHF has a solution to this, they intend to put up over 600,000 posters all across the UK that show the contents of an average chicken nugget and hot dog (gristle, bone, chicken scrotum and general gunge of that ilk).
This, in their view, will help educate children and deter them from mindlessly consuming foods that they have no idea what it is made of.
Peter Hollins, the director general of the BHF, said:
"Kids have lost touch with the most basic foods and no longer understand what they are eating.
Banning foods or telling children not to eat them is not enough - we must engage children in understanding why certain foods are less healthy than others."
Notice how easily Nanny uses the word "ban" whenever she pontificates on a subject that she disapproves of.
The trouble is, best practice with respect to eating is learnt at home; until parents wrest responsibility for the upbringing of their children from Nanny, change and improvement will not occur.
Relying on Nanny to sort out this mess, merely gives her more power over our daily lives.