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Feeding kids in UK schools & at home

You know I have sat and watched the way the local people feed their kids in UK as well as some of the food menus in schools and its a joke.

Jamie Oliver has it right when he says 6 out of 10 school kitchens should be shut down.

Food types are a problem and when you feed kids too much sugar or any kind of sweetner it causes an increase in energy that those same kids need to burn off. Then because the parents can’t control the kids the doctors prescribe Ritalin which is bad and not the solution as the population is now finding out. More stabbings and restless behaviour all mainly caused by bad diet and eating disorders.

Politicians have to get the problem solved otherwise Britain will be more than broken.

Other countries should also learn from this as to what not to do.

So hows it get solved.

Firstly in politics stop changing the head chef every five minutes and keep it stable. Then initiate a plan to get the local councils who run most of the bad kitchens to sort it out or shut it down.

Then educational plans in schools to teach parents how to properley feed there kids or learn from website instruction or make the time to find out how to do it and learn to say no to sweet stuff.

In moderation is ok as long as the main diet is controlled.

Do I know what I am talking about yes I do I have had many children both my own and also helped others and seen where things go wrong. My background being medical research I can tell you it seriously needs to change, bad diet causes a chemical cocktail imbalance that is a waiting time bomb ticking waiting to go off.

Physical health is also affected weight gain bad teeth rotting teeth and also diabetes and other serious ailments are created. If you want to decrease the NHS bill solve the cause and stop treating the result.

So Get cooking and look for ways to make a change both for yourself and your kids.

Unless of course Britain and other countries that have the same problem don’t care then what future for the human race.

I found meals in Australia for kids are better but not yet perfect.

Britain and Britains parents need to take responsibility and make some serious changes.

Get it together and make it happen!

21 Responses to “Feeding kids in UK schools & at home”

  1. moryah4 Says:

    Doctors told to curb use of Ritalin in hyperactive children

    Mark Henderson, Science Editor

    Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should be treated with drugs such as Ritalin only in severe cases and never when they are younger than 5, under official health guidelines issued today.
    Widespread concerns that medication is used too freely to calm hyperactive children have been recognised by two clinical practice watchdogs, which are now advising doctors not to prescribe drugs whenever possible.
    Drugs such as Ritalin and Concerta (brand names for methylphenidate) and Strattera (atomoxetine) should be used as frontline treatments only when severe ADHD is diagnosed, or when other options have failed.
    While up to 3 per cent of school-age children in Britain are affected by ADHD, only about a third to a quarter of these would qualify as severe cases. In a typical school of 1,400 children, between 30 and 40 would have a diagnosis of ADHD, and about 10 would be classed as severely affected.
    The symptoms of ADHD include an inability to concentrate for long periods, hyperactive and restless behaviour, and impulsive actions, such as speaking without thinking of the consequences or failing to wait and take turns. It also affects about 2 per cent of adults
    More than 600,000 prescriptions for the three drugs were filled in 2007 in England, though the number of children who received them is estimated at between 50,000 and 100,000 because only a month’s supply is generally prescribed at once.
    Ritalin is the most common ADHD drug, with 461,000 prescriptions filled in England in 2007. This compares with 199,000 in 2003, 26,500 in 1998 and 3,500 in 1993. The growth has alarmed some observers, concerned that some doctors are turning to medication too quickly to control a disorder that often responds well to other treatment strategies.
    Ritalin and Concerta can have side-effects that include nervousness, insomnia, appetite loss and weight loss. Strattera can cause nausea, dizziness, fatigue and mood swings. There has also been little research into the implications of taking them as long-term treatments.(and according to the Doc these drugs can induce aggressive and violent behaviour in children)
    Prescription rates vary widely. In July a study by the Health Service Journal found that some primary care trusts offer Ritalin up to 23 times more than others: in Wirral, pharmacists dispensed one prescription for every seven children under 16, compared with one for every 159 children in Stoke-on-Trent.
    Other treatment options include sending children on courses of cognitive behavioural therapy or social skills training, and training parents in how to cope with the condition and improve their children’s behaviour. Teachers can also be trained to manage children with ADHD.
    These can be highly effective, but drugs are often used instead because they offer a quicker solution and are not subject to long waiting lists.
    The guidelines recommend a sparing approach to drug use when possible. Tim Kendall, a consultant psychiatrist in Sheffield and joint director of the NCCMH, who sat on the expert panel, said: “Quite commonly, people tend to revert to offering methylphenidate or atomoxetine.“When they do that, it’s not always because there’s a good balance of risk and benefits. It’s because the child has got what appears to be ADHD and that’s what’s available. It’s easier to prescribe a drug when other options like parent-training programmes are not available.”

  2. moryah4 Says:

    Ritalin use higher for children of divorce: study

    Last Updated: Monday, June 4, 2007
    CBC News

    Ritalin use is almost twice as high among children whose parents divorce compared with those who continue to live with two biological parents, a Canadian study suggests.
    Ritalin, or methylphenidate, is commonly prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, in children.
    Use of the drug has increased rapidly over the past few decades in Canada, the U.S., the Netherlands, Israel and Australia, raising questions about whether it is overprescribed or prescribed inappropriately in children.
    The study in Tuesday’s issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal attempted to tease apart whether family structure makes a difference in the higher prescription rate, but the findings do not explain why the prescription rates are higher, said the study’s author, Lisa Strohschein.
    “I’ve got the what, but not the why,” said Strohschein, a sociologist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

    Stress of divorce?

    Previous studies suggest children who live with a single parent or a parent and step-parent were more likely to be prescribed Ritalin.
    But a child could be living in a single-parent household because of several reasons — divorce, loss of parent to death or because they were born to a single parent. The earlier research was not clear about whether divorce itself makes a difference in Ritalin prescription rates.
    When Strohschein looked at prescription rates between 1994 and 2000 among 4,151 children whose parents hadn’t divorced and 633 children whose parents had, she found Ritalin use was significantly higher among children whose parents divorced.
    In two-parent families, 3.3 per cent of children were prescribed the drug, which rose to 6.1 per cent among the children whose parents had divorced.

  3. moryah4 Says:

    Essayist Anne Taylor Fleming looks at the precarious connection between children and prescription drugs.

    ANNE TAYLOR FLEMING: I’m not sure when I became aware of how pervasive drug use has become among the people around me.

    I’m talking completely legal drug use, not just by the adults but by their children. Walk through any school at any grade level anywhere in this country and you can bet there are students routinely taking Ritalin or Adderall for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Prozac or Paxil or Zoloft for depression.

    It’s astonishing to think how pervasively these drugs have taken hold, how quickly we went from pot to Prozac, from a nation aghast at the use of drugs in the ’80s to a nation encouraging their use 20 years later, even for the very young.

    In 2002, 11 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written for our kids. Do we really believe that around one out of every seven children belong on drugs?

    We have just had our first sharp warning sign that we’ve been too quick to medicate. Some pharmaceutical companies actually tried to suppress the warning signs, specifically the fact that antidepressants can actually increase suicidal thoughts and tendencies in kids who take them.

    Now those pills will come with FDA-mandated warning labels not unlike the little black boxes on cigarette packages. My guess is that it’s just a speed bump on the highway to the increasingly pharmacological future.

    There’s too much money in it, too many companies, and, let’s be honest, plenty of adults who were enamored of mood-altering drugs when they were kids.

    And there’s also an emphasis on brain science now, on research showing that our emotions and fears are all neuro-chemically driven. Why not calm an erratic wild child with a daily dose of Ritalin? Isn’t that kinder than letting him or her flail through the formative years?

    Why not buoy an unhappy teen with antidepressants? Isn’t that more efficient than a combination of talk therapy and exercise and maybe a healthy diet? That’s one side of the argument.

    But there’s another side, the perhaps retro notion that we are more than our synapses and that we should learn to live with our sorrows and griefs and ragged loves and losses, not treat them as afflictions, and that if we medicate our kids, they will not learn to manage their own moods and behavior.

  4. moryah4 Says:

    Nurseries are serving toddlers 25p ‘junk food’ meals that are banned from school menus

    By Sean Poulter

    Nurseries are serving toddlers junk food which is banned from school menus or subject to strict controls, it has been claimed.
    New guidelines for school dinners, designed to tackle poor health and obesity, are not being applied to nurseries, according to a damning study.
    It found some private establishments are spending the ‘pitiful’ sum of just 25p per child per day on food.
    Others are serving up meals which contain artificial colours and chemicals, despite laws which ban the sale of such foods to children under three.
    The first study to look at daily nursery meals for more than 600,000 children in England and Wales makes alarming reading.
    Its authors claim: ‘Foods served at nurseries can be unhealthy, highly processed and potentially dangerous - and the Government does nothing to stop this happening.’

  5. moryah4 Says:

    “Wasted lives of 1,500 young suicide victims

    - Beezy Marsh,

    Daily Mail, 2mar00, p37

    “…. the rising number of male suicides …. more kill themselves …. than die in road accidents.

    “Nearly 500 aged 15 to 24 take their lives annually and the figure for the 25 to 34-year-olds is more than 1,000. ….’We need to look urgently at this tragic loss of life….’

    “…. the number of female suicides among 15 to 24-year-olds is around a fifth of that for men. In the 25 to 34 age group, it is a tenth of the male figure….”

    Dr. Banks was speaking to a conference on men’s health. The Daily Mail did not report the reasons for the epidemic, which we in ManKind know very well. - Ed

  6. moryah4 Says:

    Fish Oil Could Be an Alternative to Ritalin
    by Frank M. Painter, D.C.

    Proper nutrition, supplements and a diet which includes fish and oils would be a safe and gentle alternative to drugs for children who have attention deficit disorder, says a leading researcher.

    The standard medical treatment for children with the disorder is the controversial drug Ritalin but many parents now feel the drug is turning their children into zombies.

    Dr Basant Puri, a consultant and senior lecturer at Hammersmith Hospital has been using sophisticated imaging techniques to study the role of fatty acids in brain function. He says he has unearthed a wealth of evidence about how supplementation with specific fatty acids can not only help those with ADD/ADHD (attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder), but also dyslexia and dyspraxia.

    “In clinical trials we have seen significant improvements in ADHD symptoms in children administered with fatty acid supplements,” he said.

    Typically those who get a benefit enjoy improved attention and concentration, a reduction in anxiety and impulsivity and generally an improvement in self esteem.

    Dr Puri said the findings showed that it may be prudent to try a safe nutritional solution in the first instance before using psycho stimulants such an Ritalin. Fatty acids could also be taken by those already on Ritalin, he added.

    Fatty acids are important for the brain growth of all children and particularly so for those with learning conditions, he said.

    He recommends that the best results have come from supplementation with a combination of marine and botanical oils rich in a specific fatty acid called Eicosapentaenoic Acid or EPA.


  7. moryah4 Says:

    Which age groups are most at risk of suicide in Britain ?

    The group at highest risk of suicide has changed over the years. It used to be men over 65 years of age: 24 per 100,000 population in 1979. [10] In the past decade, the group at highest risk has been men aged 25–34 years. However, in 2002, the risk of suicide in this age group was the same as in men aged 35–44 years: 22 per 100,000 population. During the late 1980s and 1990s, suicide was the most common cause of death for men aged 15–44 years. [11] The suicide rate has gone down since then, however, and suicide is now the second most common cause of death in this age group, behind accidental death. [12]

    In men aged 15–24 years the suicide rate rose from 9 per 100,000 population in 1979 to 13 per 100,000 in 1999; a rise of almost 50 per cent. Since 1999, the figures have shown a downward trend.
    Among men, the highest rate of suicide since 1997 has been in those aged 15–44 years.

    Mortality from suicide in England and Wales,

    from 1996-2005 approx 12-14%

  8. moryah4 Says:

    The Doctor’s Prescription

    “We shouldn’t be prescribing medicine simply because that’s the easiest way to go,” notes Dr. Mark Stein, who runs a University of Chicago clinic for children and adults with the disorder.
    While all children with ADHD are not deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, we believe that the addition of omega-3 fatty acids to the diet may be important for some ADHD children.
    In fact, studies show that children whose treatment program includes only medication, educational and psychological therapy continue to be at high risk for vandalism, petty crime, frequency of alcoholic intoxication, and possession of marijuana. Dietary improvements may be the key to fostering long-term health and acceptable behavior.
    Parents of ADHD children and ADHD adults who wish to utilize omega-3 fatty acids as a method of modifying their behavior should use both flax and seafood sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Flax provides alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the master omega-3 fatty acid from which other omega-3 fatty acids are synthesized. Seafood provides DHA directly which appears to be a vital omega-3 fatty acid for modifying behavior of ADHD children and adults. The rate of conversion of ALA to DHA is quite low. However, alpha-linolenic acid may be important to behavioral improvements as well. Therefore, a combination of flax and seafood is best.
    DHA is available in pill form and various formulas can be recommended by your health food store retailer.
    On the other hand, flax, which can be inconspicuously incorporated into children’s meals, holds many benefits.
    Flax can be used in baking (e.g., muffins and bread), salad dressings and in smoothies - as well as many other tasty dishes. Although many persons believe that flax is too fragile to be used as a cooking oil, “recent studies show little or no loss of [alpha-linolenic acid] when milled flaxseed is baked as an ingredient in muffins or breads,” says Felix.

  9. moryah4 Says:

    Children are dying from ADHD Drugs

    Info for Parents who are pressured to diagnose and drug their children for ADD or ADHD. Story behind our Sons death caused from ADHD drug, Ritalin.
    Between 1990 and 2000 there were 186 deaths from methylphenidate reported to the FDA MedWatch program, a voluntary reporting scheme, the numbers of which represent no more than 10 to 20% of the actual incidence
    Our fourteen year old son Matthew suddenly died on March 21, 2000. The cause of death was determined to be from the long-term (age 7-14) use of Methylphenidate, a drug commonly known as Ritalin…According to Dr. Ljuba Dragovic, the Chief Pathologist of Oakland County, Michigan, upon autopsy, Matthew’s heart showed clear signs of small vessel damage caused from the use of Methylphenidate (Ritalin).
    I was told by one of the medical examiners that a full-grown man’s heart weighs about 350 grams and that Matthew’s heart’s weight was about 402 grams. Dr. Dragovic said this type of heart damage is smoldering and not easily detected with the standard test done for prescription refills. The standard test usually consists of blood work, listening to the heart, and questions about school behaviors, sleeping and eating habits.

    *What is important to note here is that Matthew did not have any pre-existing heart condition or defect…

  10. moryah4 Says:


    By Julia Hartley-Brewer

    ‘International Express’ 7-13 October 2008.

    As with most problems in modern-day Britain people are always looking for a chemical quick fix…
    A doctor recently told me that whenever a parent came into his surgery with a child supposedly suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) he would ask them to keep a detailed diary for a week showing what their child ate,when they watched TV and played computer games and when they went to bed.
    Suprise,suprise!Alsmost without exception the diaries ahowed children who survived on nothing but fast food and sweets,play computer games until the early hours and stumble into school the next day utterly exhausted.Is it really any wonder these children are screaming all day and cannot sit still for more than 30 seconds at a time?So would we if we had to live their lives.
    While I am sure there are thousands of youngsters who are genuinely afflicted with ADHA…I am equally convinced that there are many ,many others who would benefit far more from a good solid routine,regular bedtimes,consistent discipline and meat and two veg at meal times instead of a diet of Sunny Delight and crisps,violent computer games and late-night TV.

  11. moryah4 Says:


    The American Psychiatric Association would have us believe that Ritalin is little more than a super-potent vitamin, a healthy boost for the growing child. According to, “The safety and effectiveness of medication such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) is well documented, and typically, it is well tolerated by children. It has minimal side effects and is not addictive when taken according to a physician’s instructions.”

    But the truth is that the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) considers Ritalin a Schedule II Drug and a controlled substance. Other drugs in this category include methadone, methamphetamine and, yes, cocaine.

    According to Dr. Breggin at, “Schedule II includes only those drugs with the very highest potential for addiction and abuse.”
    Furthermore, Kevin Hall says, “Per the Journal of the American Medical Association, Ritalin acts like cocaine, only it’s a little stronger. Per street snorters of the drug, its withdrawal effects, or speed-crash, is harsher.”
    So Ritalin is in the same class of drug as cocaine, stronger in terms of its effect on the body, and prescribed for children as young as two and three years old. I’m sorry, what did you say? Yes, you’re right. Someone should really do something about that.

  12. moryah4 Says:


    Omaha Shooter Robert Hawkins Had Been “Treated” For ADHD, Depression

    Thursday, December 06, 2007 by: Mike Adams

    America seems shocked that, yet again, a young male would pick up an assault rifle and murder his fellow citizens, then take his own life. This is what happened last night in Omaha, Nebraska, where the 19-year-old Hawkins killed himself and eight other people with an assault rifle. Those lacking keen observation skills are quick to blame guns for this tragedy, but others who are familiar with the history of such violent acts by young males instantly recognize a more sinister connection: A history of treatment with psychiatric drugs for depression and ADHD.

    It’s a little known fact that antidepressant drugs have never been tested on children nor approved by the FDA for use on children. It is well established in the scientific literature, however, that such drugs cause young men to think violent thoughts and commit violent acts. This is precisely why the U.K. has outright banned the prescribing of such drugs to children. Yet here in the United States — the capitol of gun violence by kids on depression drugs — the FDA and drug companies pretend that mind-altering drugs have no link whatsoever to behavior.
    In 2005, I reported on this site that Eli Lilly had full knowledge of a 1200% increase in suicide risk for takers of their Prozac drug, a popular anti-depressant SSRI medication. (See )

    In 2006, we reported the results of a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry showing that teens taking antidepressant drugs are more likely to commit suicide (and to be “successful” at completing the act). See

    On September 11, 2006, I reported on the link between antidepressant drugs and violent behavior yet again. (See ) In that article, I explained, “If you’re going to alter the brain chemistry of these children, you had better be prepared for the results. The result we’re seeing now is mass killings. Elsewhere around the world, where children aren’t doped up on all these drugs, we don’t see this kind of behavior. This is what happens when you change children’s brain chemistry; you get these results…”

    The very next day, we published a report about the anti-depressant drug Paxil doubling the risk of violent behavior. (See ) In that article, I stated, “This finding helps explain why school shootings are almost always conducted by children who are taking antidepressants. We also know that SSRIs cause children to disconnect from reality. When you combine that with a propensity for violence, you create a dangerous recipe for school shootings and other adolescent violence.

    …August, 2007 issue of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reveals that Ritalin and other ADHD drugs actually stunt the growth of children, causing their brains and bodies to be physically altered. (See )

    “…the use of these drugs on teenagers is a grand, mind-altering medical experiment”


  13. moryah4 Says:

    Steve Biddulph is the author of ‘Manhood’ considered worldwide a socially important book on the topic such that it has been quoted in Australian parliament, as well as in a presentation to MPs in the British House of Commons and author of ‘Raising Boys’ another renowned sourcebook for parents .
    Steve Biddulph was born in Yorkshire and lives in Australia with his wife and children. He has been a family therapist for over twenty years and his multi million selling books have been translated into ten languages. In the UK he lectures and gives annual workshops organised by the Parent Network Group. Biddulph has been hailed by The Times as ‘a mixture between Doctor Spock and Billy Connolly′.
    Biddulph realised that males were in crisis at a time when it was fashionable to ignore their needs. He blitzed schools and communities around the globe with engaging, deeply moving and highly practical teaching seminars, attracting over 130,000 people in a 20 year campaign.

    “My main message for 10 years has been that boys are different—and men are different— and we have a special role to play,” he explains. “Raising Boys was a revolution, because while the experts were worrying about girls—and in fact we did a great job of helping girls raise their horizons in recent decades—boys were dying at three times the rate of girls and were failing at school and in life.


    The Top Five Rules of Child-Raising
    If there was a rule-book for raising children, Steve Biddulph suggests the top five rules should be:
    1. Spend time.
    ove and time are the same thing. Giving our full attention is how we show our love—think of new lovers, who have eyes only for each other or a parent with a newborn baby. We got conned by the idea of quality time, when in fact it takes relaxed and lazy time to really settle in and win children’s trust. And their trust has to be re-won all the time. Financial and material goals often cut across relationship goals. You have to choose. The happiest kids have parents who often don’t own much but are abundant in their attention, having fun, closeness and time to dream.
    2. Lose the TV.
    Or at least turn it off except for special shows. Research into toddlers shows they don’t play properly when a TV is playing in the same room. They don’t talk to themselves while playing, as the sound from the TV interferes.
    Children need peaceful environments to develop good attention skills. The American Pediatric Association recommends no TV at all under the age of three. When it doesn’t distract them, it often scares them. But its main effect is to stop them playing properly or creatively.
    After three, some carefully chosen shows or DVDs are OK but keep it to a minimum. For older kids, an hour a day of screens—TV or computer—is ideal.
    3. Read to kids—or better still, make up stories at bedtime.
    This builds links in the brain between words and pictures. Kids develop visual imagination and associate books with close and loving times.
    4. Kids need both genders to be active parents.
    Even if you are a single parent, make sure your children know some good men and women, aunties, uncles, grandparents—of both genders—so boys can see good men and girls can see good women. Girls with involved dads do better at school and choose boyfriends more carefully. They also have better self-image, less risk of eating disorders and greater confidence.
    5. Look after yourselves and your marriage.
    Relaxation doesn’t have to be expensive. But value your time together. Through laughing together, you relax and overcome stress. Time together—just husband and wife, just dad and son, just dad and daughter, and so on—allows small problems to surface and be discussed. Have getaways where just two family members go away, for at least a night, so there is sleeping, cooking and being together—chances to talk and learn.

  14. moryah4 Says:


    STEVE BIDDULPH is one of the world’s best-known parenting authors, with books in four million homes and 24 languages. He has been a family psychologist for more than 30 years and has been voted Australian Father of the Year by the Australian Father’s Day Council. He lives in Tasmania, Australia.


    Question: “If you had to boil your book’s message down to just a couple sentences, what would it be? ”

    Answer: “Boys need to be loved. They must be exercised every day. They absolutely must cook. At the age of nine, a boy’s attention span overtakes that of a border collie. So start them cooking family meals right then. Teach them how to safely handle a sharp knife, and boiling water (the most dangerous thing in the house). Get them started! “

  15. moryah4 Says:

    Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent
    Britain has been condemned as a bleak place for children, where thousands are needlessly criminalised for misdemeanours and where the gap between the education and health of the rich and poor is growing.

    The four Children’s Commissioners for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have issued a report for the United Nations condemning the punitive youth justice system and the vilification of teenagers as yobs.
    Law creates underclass of child criminals
    Britain breaching rights, watchdogs tell UN

    From The TimesJune 9, 2008

    The commissioners say that Britain is breaching the Children’s Rights Convention in several areas.

    The number of crimes committed by children fell between 2002 and 2006, but, according to research cited by the report, convictions rose by 26 per cent, leading to fears that a young criminal underclass is building. In the past misdemeanours were dealt with by cautions; the trend now is for police to bring charges.Britain detains more children than any other country in Western Europe, with 2,900 under18s locked up in the past year. Thirty children have died in custody since 1990, yet there has never been a public inquiry into conditions in youth detention centres.

  16. moryah4 Says:

    Home Office blames violent crime rise on police undercounting

    Alan Travis, home affairs editor

    The Home Office today provoked a major row when it blamed inaccurate police record-keeping for an apparent 22% rise in the number of the most serious violent crimes in England and Wales.

    Senior Home Office officials said at least 13 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales - possibly as many as 17 - had previously been undercounting crimes [PDF] that should have been classified as GBH with intent as less serious violent assaults.
    Violent crime was disclodsed to have risen by a fifth with assault,murder and attempted murder and manslaughter up by 22%.
    Knife assaults were up from 28 to 64 per cent.

  17. moryah4 Says:


    (By Catherine Mayer)

    Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2008

    Staying home in the face of danger isn’t the British way. After suicide bombings in July 2005, Londoners continued working and socializing. Yet a survey by kids’ charity TS Rebel found that last year more than a fifth of Britons avoided going out at night rather than risk encounters with a different form of terror: groups of children. Britons are frightened of their own young…,9171,1725547,00.html

  18. moryah4 Says:

    I remember living with some British back-packers in Sydney and how every second converstion was about the English football league.
    I commented to Dr Jon:
    “Uggghh! what is it about this British obsession with football!!??”

    Dr Jon replied,”They have got nothing else.young people have very lttle choice as to what they do as virtually nothing is spent out of the national budget on catering for recreational activities for young people.Then chuck the weather factor on top of that and you really don’t know how lucky you have it in Australia.”
    “Yeah one thing we have here are choices of activities,lots of outdoor spaces,and governments and councils spending money on parks and activities for children.There is a continous array of ways young people can choose to occupy themselves.Sure we have occasional blow-ups with violence on poorer housuing estates,binge drinkig among our adolescents but nothing like the intense pressure cooker that appears to be brewing in places like London.”

    (Quotes:Catherine Mayer,”Time Magazine” Mar. 26, 2008):

    “Bob Reitemeier, chief executive of the Children’s Society, states a “significant minority” of British children, suffer unhappiness — and the criminality, excessive drinking and drug-taking and promiscuity that is its expression — really have created a crisis.”

    “Compared to other cultures, British kids are less integrated into the adult world and spend more time with peers. Add to the mix a class structure that impedes social mobility and an education system that rewards the advantaged, and some children are bound to be left in the cold. ”

    “Camila Batmanghelidjh, the founder of Kids Company, an organization working with some of London’s poorest young: “If I was sitting in government, I’d be really worried — not about terrorist bombs but about this.”
    Batmanghelidjh, who set up the charity in 1996 to support “lone children” growing up without a responsible parent or carer, says that she and her team encounter many British children who have been neglected or abused, leaving them too damaged to benefit from education or training.
    “The level they’re at is just about survival,” she says. “The public can’t imagine having a daily life that’s so empty and exhausting.” In such circumstances, girls are often drawn into prostitution. Many have babies while still teenagers, partly to jump queues for social housing but mainly to find some affection.
    “What do you need to care about if no one loves you?” says Danny Mullins, 21, from London. Mullins wasn’t just born poor; he was born into a living hell. His mother, a heavy drug user, died aged 40, leaving her son emotionally scarred and destitute.
    “Many people I know need to go out and thieve just to survive,” says Mullins,”If no one has love for you, you aren’t going to feel love for other people when you get older.”
    Batmanghelidjh tends to agree. Love and understanding, she thinks, can transform problem kids into responsible members of society. It’s not an idea that appeals to all Britons. Indeed, many British adults seem to view children as an entirely separate species.

    Britons have never been very comfortable with the idea of childhood. (”Culturally, Britain just doesn’t like children much,” says Batmanghelidjh.) In Victorian England, rich children were banished to nurseries and boarding schools, while their poorer contemporaries were sent out to work. The British are still expected to function as adults from an early age. At 8, Scotland has the lowest age of criminal responsibility in Europe, followed by England and Wales, where youngsters answer for their crimes from the age of 10. Yet children venturing into the adult world often feel rebuffed. “I don’t get the feeling that Britain is the most child-friendly culture,” says Emily Benn, who was selected to contest a seat in Britain’s House of Commons three weeks before her 18th birthday. “When you go to France they’re nicer to you in restaurants, on the streets and on transport. When I go around Britain on the railways, I get treated like rubbish by guards and officials.”

    Rapid social change has not helped. Family and community life have been redrawn in most rich countries, and none more so than Britain, where marriage rates are down to a 146-year low. A study in 2000 by the OECD found that British parents spend less time with their children compared to other nationalities, leaving them more open to influence from their peers and a commercially driven, celebrity-obsessed media. Elder Britons too often see their youngsters as a problem. Dominique Jansen, a Dutch mother living in England, says she recently took her two toddlers to her local church. She was startled by sour looks when her younger child asked her for juice. “It was uncomfortable,” she says. “We had to leave.” “You can see very vivid differences between the U.K. and countries in Europe,” says Reitemeier. “You go onto sink estates [poor housing projects] in this country and there isn’t a single element designed for children.”

    “Britons “continue to believe that poor people just need a kick up the backside to break out of poverty,” says chief executive of the Children’s Society Bob Reitemeier.
    And while skin color doesn’t determine social class, darker-skinned Britons are likely to be less well off than their paler counterparts. Around 40% of people from ethnic minorities are poor — twice the rate for white Britons.

    British children (also) start school earlier and sit more exams than other Europeans. Many of them complain of stress. “Britain is a very individualistic culture, in which a huge emphasis is placed on personal success and less on good fellowship,”

    Yet if Britain really is to become a better place for its children, it will have to acknowledge the roots of its crisis. That means focusing on helping kids more than on punishing them. A start might be listening to children themselves.


    Kids Company alumnus Dan-Dan Walker is proud to report that he hasn’t been arrested for a year and a half. One of nine children born to parents with drug problems, his first arrest, at 7, was for stealing baby milk and disposable diapers for his siblings. Now 18, he learned about Kids Company seven years ago as he rode on a London bus. He was about to snatch a handbag, and his accomplice was already seated next to the target, hemming her in against the window. As Walker moved to grab the bag, a stranger tapped him on the shoulder. “You don’t need to do that,” he said, and gave him the address of a Kids Company drop-in center. “I fell off that cliff,” says Walker, “but someone caught me.” Would that all British children could say the same.,9171,1725547,00.html

  19. moryah4 Says:


    This problem can be attributed squarely to Milton Freidman economics. Some of the poorest countries, places we hardly ever hear of, have the happiest people (children included). Western voodoo economics popularised by the Mrs Thatcher and Ronald Raegan are at the root of the western world’s decline.

    Russ, Berlin, Germany

    It’s all the presssure! Tests every single time in secondary school! Parents are working very busy hours! They barely speak to their children just “How are you?” and that could be the only talk throughout your day! It’s too dangerous to play outside or you might get stabbed!

    Natasha, London, UK

    I am from the States, go to university in London, and have traveled extensively around the U.S, UK, and Europe. English teenagers are BY FAR the worst i have ever seen in my entire life! its funny when an american comes over thinking the English are proper and sophisticated and then you realize that that this country is going to the toilets due to the behavior of 80% of its youth.

    when living in the states i lived in an average american (not too rich, not too poor) suburb and although the drinking is probably just as bad (it is just not in the open because of the drinking age) what surprised me here was the level of violence, public loitering, and complete lack of social decency demonstrated by the kids. it was shocking!

    i think they really don’t have much to do. i went to a state school and we had facilities that allowed everyone to do sport, theatre, or anything else they wanted. here i noticed there is FAR less emphasis on extracurricular activities which is a shame.

    Alexander , England,

  20. moryah4 Says:

    (Quote Dr Jon Sherwood , September 27th, 2008 )

    ” …because the parents can’t control the kids the doctors prescribe Ritalin which is bad and not the solution as the population is now finding out. More stabbings and restless behaviour all mainly caused by bad diet and eating disorders.

    Politicians have to get the problem solved otherwise Britain will be more than broken.”

    (Quote,11 June 2009 :from a 16-year old murder victim’s mother,Mrs Kinsella after the court conviction of a man and two teenagers have been found guilty of murdering her son ,16-year-old Ben , who was stabbed 11 times after a row in a north London bar ) 11 June 2009 )

    “We as his family have been left devastated and in total despair. Our whole world has been totally turned upside down.”

    She added: “We had brought Ben up to always walk away from trouble. This sadly cost him his life.”

    Ben, the brother of EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella, was running away from the fight in Islington when he was attacked on 29 June last year.
    The court had been told Ben was out with his friends to celebrate the end of their GCSE exams.

    Speaking outside court, Ben’s father George said: “Almost one year ago, our precious gentle son, Ben was brutally murdered on the streets of London.

    “How many more families will have to stand outside the Old Bailey to get justice for their child. Our son’s only crime was to be the last one, running away, from those animals.

    “Knife crime is now sadly embedded in the very heart of Great Britain. Parents live in fear until their children are safely home. It can be for a wrong word, a wrong look, or a wrong post code ….In Ben’s case it was simply nothing to do with him at all.”

    Full statement of Kinsella family
    A murder that gripped a nation
    Although the confrontation in the bar had nothing to do with him, he was chased along the street with other youngsters - and was attacked and stabbed to death when he stopped running.

    Ben was stabbed 11 times in five seconds by the three youths

  21. moryah4 Says:

    …That last report from the BBC News page -12 June 2009 :

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