BEAT OBESITY - GET KIDS INTO THE KITCHEN
Chef wants kids in the kitchen
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!”