Singapore 27 October 2018: Why is FoodSteps our free schools’ nutrition outreach initiative focused on primary school kids? Read this speech by DPM Tharman.
DPM Tharman notes in a speech today “8 years ago, about 10% of our primary school children were overweight. Last year, this figure has increased to 13%. Many of these children were already overweight when they turned 5. We have to act much more decisively to change habits in the early years.
Otherwise, the situation will only get worse – not only for our children, but with consequences for the health of our population later on in life. 70% of children who are overweight at age 7, remain overweight as adults. This also has a direct impact on chronic diseases such as diabetes, and life expectancy”.