75 year old Carluccio, who is currently starring on BBC Two in ‘Two Greedy Italians’ says that the kids meals are creating a nation of unhealthy eaters and they should be served the same food as adults.
He said to the Daily Telegraph, “’You see some parents in restaurants and it’s “Give the children some chips.”
“But they are not positive for the body. Restaurants are for everybody and the earlier you start to appreciate normal food that grown-ups are eating, the better you will eat.”
Something that I agree with, is that Carluccio says children should grow up eating different types of food, because they will recognise what they like, even if they don’t appreciate it. Most foods on children’s menus are different to the adult dishes, usually you’ll find fish and chips, burger and chips, fish fingers etc.
The chef also says that there are too many junk food adverts which children are bombarded with.
The chain of restaurants, Carluccio’s which the chef works as a consultant after selling his stake in 2005, does offer a children’s menu but is just a smaller portion of main, adult dishes.
Carluccio’s warning comes after medical experts hit out at the government’s obesity strategy and launched their own campaign to tackle Britain’s junk food problem.
The Academy of Royal Medical Colleges (AoMRC), which represents every doctor in the UK said that there was a “huge crisis waiting to happen” because of the government failing to deal with the obesity problems.
The AoMRC will look at the actions individuals can take, as well as the impact of sponsorship and advertising, over a three month investigation.
Some of their suggestions include a tax on the most unhealthiest food and a ban on fast food joints sponsoring major events e.g. McDonalds advertising and sponsoring the London Olympics. They hope to drive awareness and get support from the general public, restaurants and other people in the food industry including commercial restaurant insurance providers, manufacturers and suppliers.
Vice chairman of the AoMRC, Professor Terence Stephenson, who is also the president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, says, “Our starting point is the collective desire to ensure the healthcare profession is doing all it can to detect, treat, manage – and ultimately prevent – obesity.
“It is unprecedented that the medical royal colleges and faculties have come together on such a high-profile public health issue.”