Talkshow “I don’t want to be a food grinder”

On October 21st, 2017, Research Center of Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) and (VSF) co-hosted the Talkshow on Nutrition with the topic “I do not want to become a food grinder”. The Talkshow aimed at raising awareness of parents and children about the children’s right to adequate nutrition.

Prof. Dr. Tran Dinh Tieu – Director of Institute of Clinical Nutrition, MC Minh Trang – Editor of Vietnam Television, a founder of Small Seed and parents with children under the age of 12 attended the Talkshow.

Prof. Dr. Tran Dinh Tieu – Director of Institute of Clinical Nutrition & MC Minh Trang – Editor of Vietnam Television

Parents are always concerned about nutrition when looking after their children. Providing nutritious meals shows the love and responsibility of parents for future generation. However, it is not easy for parents to give their children adequate and proper nutrition.

The traditional concept of “fat but fit” has unintentionally created habits, sometimes, the pressure on parents to feed their children as much as possible. But forcing a baby to eat causes many serious consequences that parents cannot be able to anticipate. That also makes children fear eating and reduces children’s ability to absorb food, makes children stunted, grow slowly and creates unhealthy eating habits for children later. In addition, forcing children to eat is also a violation of the rights of children.

Associate Professor Dr. Tran Dinh Math said: “Stunt malnutrition is a pressing problem in Vietnam today. Parallel to malnutrition, part of children are obese. According to a survey, there are areas where over 20% of children are obese. It will be difficult for children who are overweight or obese to gain normal body weight when they grow up. For example, there are 1 million fat cells in a normal body. But if a child is overweight, the number of fat cells will double and keep increasing when he/she grows up. Obesity is also malnutrition. That will cause serious consequences for the health and development of young children.”

Parents and children together learn more about nutrition

On the other hand, mothers who are anxious for children about malnutrition often find supplements to help their kids increase the absorption. But functional foods cannot replace the natural fresh food. MC Minh Trang said: “There are some ways to encourage children to eat well and to be interested in meals. It is much better to give your child a colorful food tray instead of a handful of supplements. Helping children to experience cooking and preliminary processing of foods also make them more excited in meals. Family meals are also a way to guarantee family happiness.”. She also insisted: “Children over 5 years can completely have knowledge to distinguish which foods are good for themselves, which foods are not. Parents and their childre can explore foods together and how to read labels of foods to consider and decide on good and necessary foods for children’s development.”

Parents attending the Talkshow also discussed a variety of questions related to distinguishing the origins of foods, the causes that make children lazy eating (causes pathological and non – pathological ones) and some tips to encourage children to eat properly and decide on foods by themselves.

Ms. Nguyen Phuong Linh, Director of Research Center for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) said: “We hope that the Talkshow have provided useful knowledge, experiences and tips to help parents solve nutritional problems, how to feed their children without forcing. It is important for parents to know how to provide their children with nutritional and reasonable meals for the best benefits and development of the child, and especially to prevent violating children’s rights”.

The Talkshow “I do not want to make a food grinder” is in the campaign “Love from Nutrition” co-hosted by the Research Center for Sustainable Management and Development (MSD) and (VSF).