What’s the urgency?

With diet-related illnesses rising at an alarming rate, it has never been more important to educate people about food and how to cook it.

Cooking skills used to be passed down from generation to generation, but now millions of people lack even the most basic knowledge to make a simple meal from scratch or have simply lost the confidence to try. We need to get back to basics: to cook and eat fresh local produce; to share cooking skills and food knowledge; to join forces within communities and get as many people involved as possible. Food Revolution Day is our opportunity to get the world to focus on the importance of keeping cooking skills alive for generations to come.

The facts

Diet-related illnesses are entirely preventable.

  • Children today are the first generation predicted to live shorter lives than their parents because of diet and inactivity.
  • Worldwide, there are already more than 43 million children under the age of five who are either overweight or obese. If this continues, the figure will rise to nearly 60 million by 2020.
  • Type-2 diabetes, previously considered a disease specific only to adults, is now becoming prevalent in children as young as eight years old.
  • Diet-related illnesses, which include type-2 diabetes, heart failure and stroke, are among the world’s biggest killers.
  • Overweight or obese children are a lot more likely to remain overweight or obese as adults, increasing their risk of disease and disability later in life.

The solution

We need to get kids food smart.

By educating children about food in a fun and engaging way we’re equipping them, and generations to come, with the skills they need to live healthier lives. We want as many people as possible to show kids how important it is to understand where food comes from, how to cook it and how it affects their bodies. It can be as simple as getting them cooking a Food Revolution Day recipe or trying a new ingredient. That’s not to say Food Revolution Day is exclusive to kids – whoever you are, join in, get cooking and share your love of food.

Research shows:

  • Children who learn to cook are more likely to make healthier food choices, have better diets and understand how food affects their bodies.
  • Children who eat nutritious meals at lunchtime perform better academically and are less likely to take days off school.
  •  Improving diet and increasing physical activity are more effective than taking medication in reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes.
  • Home-cooked meals do not contain any unknown additives or fillers and are often higher in nutrients, lower in trans-fats, saturated fats, sodium and calories.

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