"I Can't Listen To Politicians Talking About Obesity. Not One Of Them Is Brave Enough To Do What Is Required To Tackle The Issue." Says Romilla Arber, Founder Of The Food Education Trust



"The 11 year old child from King’s Lynn has forced obesity into the headlines again. It is right that the police became involved as obesity isn’t just a question of your clothes not fitting or being bullied at school it has long-term, severe, debilitating health effects that can continue for generations.

Quite simply, the matter has to be tackled by a tax on sugar and processed foods high in fat.  In this way, as with cigarettes, people will be persuaded not to continue to eat confectionary and processed foods.  The government needs to be brave and public health campaigns do need to encourage people to cook from scratch again and not rely on fast food and meals prepared in industrial units. The idea that we don’t have enough time to cook is a myth perpetuated by the food manufacturing industry and they get rich on our indolence. There is a direct correlation between societies who don’t cook and high obesity rates. It is as simple as that.” Exclaims Romilla Arber.

Romilla Arber’s charity, The Food Education Trust, has significantly improved the lives of the adults and children it has helped, since it was founded in 2008. The charity has taught thousands of people how easy it is to make healthy and nutritious meals from scratch and discourage them from relying on convenience foods that are high in fat, sugar and salt which heavily contribute to a poor diet that lacks nutrition and further fuels the UK’s obesity epidemic.   

“Parents across the UK need to face up to their responsibility to feed their children meals made from real food, not processed. As a parent of four children myself, I accept that I must make time to feed them properly.  If more and more people in the UK made it their mission to cook a meal from scratch just three or four nights’ a week, it would improve their diets which in turn would assist in lowering the obesity rate in the UK.” continues Romilla.


Romilla's charity, The Food Education Trust has equipped people with basic food skills and taught them how to feed themselves real food and make delicious, cost-effective meals from scratch. The Food Education Trust is an independent charity that provides vital support to many schools and educational establishments.  The charity delivers much needed support and advice where it is needed and is funded entirely by sales of Romilla Arber's cookery books "What's for Dinner?" and the award-winning "What's for Dinner? Second Helpings"; both are available to purchase in all good bookshops and online at www.amazon.co.uk   

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