BEAT OBE­SITY - GET KIDS INTO THE KITCHEN

Chef wants kids in the kitchen

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A whop­ping 37 per cent of the UAE pop­u­la­tion is con­sid­ered obese, and the sta­tis­tics are par­tic­u­larly alarm­ing in our younger gen­er­a­tion. The Mid­dle East tops the charts for obe­sity and over­weight in young adults and teenagers. It’s World Anti-Obe­sity Day on Satur­day, and ex­perts are en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to lead by ex­am­ple, to en­cour­age a healthy life­style for their chil­dren.

One way to get chil­dren on­side in the fight against obe­sity is to give them a healthy in­ter­est in food.

Cook­ing and ex­per­i­ment­ing in the kitchen can give them an in­sight into taste, por­tion con­trol and the joy of cook­ing.

Celebrity chef Mar­cus Ware­ing knows all about it. He has re­leased new book Mar­cus At Home and it is burst­ing with recipes that the whole fam­ily can en­joy.

“I love watch­ing my fam­ily en­joy food that we’ve made to­gether and my wife makes a bril­liant lasagne,” says the fa­ther-of-three, who’s mar­ried to Jane, 45.

“I think now, be­cause the chil­dren are more aware of food and are try­ing more, we as a fam­ily are start­ing to di­verge into big­ger flavours, spicier food and just a lot more va­ri­ety.

“The kids are not so young any more – they love their food and are grow­ing up.

“It’s re­ally chal­lenged me to do some­thing I’ve never done be­fore, which is fo­cus on food at home.”

Cook­ing to­gether is some­thing that's hap­pen­ing more of­ten in the Ware­ing house­hold. He says: “When I think of ‘home’, it’s all about the kitchen, the fam­ily, laugh­ing and ar­gu­ing. It can be hell at times, but it is mostly fun. What an­noys me about cook­ing with chil­dren – even though I do love it – is the mess!”

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