Worldwide obesity rates are at an all-time high, with the World Health Organization reporting that rates have nearly doubled since 1980. In 2008, over 200 million men and 300 million women were found to be obese – and a startling 40 million children under the age of 5 were found to be either overweight or obese.
These statistics have blown to extreme proportions in the past decade, with many of today’s generation facing challenges related to obesity and being overweight; such as cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. Adults who are obese or overweight now struggle to find a way to get into better shape, but a video that recently went viral sheds a new light on obesity:
The video above shows that just like most other unhealthy habits, bad eating habits start from childhood, and the best way to prevent obesity is to educate kids and help them eat healthier while they’re still young.
Of course, every parent will tell you that that’s easier said than done – there’s not a lot that children hate more than being told what they can and can’t do. With studies showing that growing children may behard-wired to like sweets; the importance of teaching them to eat properly is becoming all too real and the U.K.’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has come up with an easy way to accomplish this, all with a fun game of bingo.
Most parents would never think about using bingo as a learning tool, as the game pretty much saw its heyday in the 1960s and has been declining ever since, but advancements in technology have allowed for the game to be transformed into many different variants. In the U.K., the $557-million bingo industry has attracted the most unexpected operators with Iceland Foods – a supermarket chain – launching bingoiceland.com and The Daily Mail launching Pink Ribbon Bingo to bring awareness to breast cancer. The FSA’s take on the classic game uses bingo cards and calls to teach players about the proper proportions of food, in a game they call Eatwell Bingo.
All of the materials needed to play Eatwell Bingo can be found on the FSA’s website. It’s a great way to help teach kids some fun food facts and get them more involved in planning their own healthy diets, thus nipping bad eating habits in the bud.