Childhood obesity amongst poorer families

Childhood obesity amongst poorer families – should we be concerned?

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As a nutrition coach I have noticed that sugar smart 4more of my clients are concerned about the weight issues affecting their whole family, including the children.  It seems that some parents are really worried and don’t know what to do.


Not only are parents worried but Government organisations are too.  Public Health England (PHE) this week said that children from poorer backgrounds are more likely to be obese than their weather classmates. Traditionally, poverty has been associated with malnutrition and thinnness

PHE found that overweight and obese children are eating an extra 500 calories a day, that could lead to a 1lb or ½ a kilo weight gain a week

The issue of obese children has also come to the attention of Notts TV.  They came to interview me a few years ago.  Here’s a short clip of the interview that was later aired on ‘The 6.30 show’


So why do we have this potential epidemic? 

I don’t believe there is one simple issue or factor, I think it is a combination of the following (and probably more):



  • Lack of knowledge and education about healthy eating.
  • The availability of food (on the way to school, at school, after school, at the weekend, in the cinema etc),
  • Too much sugary and processed food
  • Lack of exercise and activity
  • Overweight parent(s)



This week I was also taking to Gem106 radio about why this trend is happening

People’s perception could be that fresh vegetables and fruit are expensive, but that isn’t necessarily the case

If you have concerns about your child’s weight what should you do?

  • First get their BMI etc confirmed by your GP or from the National Childs Measurement Programme data
  • Get support from the GP or a support group
  • Look at portion controlkids portion size
  • Encourage your child, tell them they are great, boost their confidence
  • Don’t make it all about weight loss
  • Find fun family things to do that encourage activity (and burns calories)
  • Get cooking together, include more veggies and fruit
  • Make sure they are well hydrated as thirst is often mistaken for hunger.  Water or milk is the preferred drink
  • Regain your motivation for home cooking- as a trained chef I can help you get back your cooking confidence with my vegan cooking classes, in West Bridgford.  These take place during the day and early evening

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Phone to book your place 07946 301338

  • Exercise can be as important as diet.  To lose weight effectively and to maintain a healthy weight it is always best to both eat sensibly and to exercise regularly.

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  • The Governments recommends  that children and young people aged 5-18 need to do:
    • At least 60 minutes  of physical activity every day, such as cycling and playground activities and fast running and tennis.
    • On three days a week, these activities should involve muscle and bone strengthening activities like push-ups, skipping or running.
  • Get some healthy eating advice; that could be from the school, the GP or a nutrition coach like me. I have recently been talking about this very subject on Notts TV so please Contact me on 07946 301338 for a free consultation.

If you are unsure where to start to make a healthy change for your family, have a look at some of my previous blog posts where you will find guidance, advice and healthy eating recipes, or come and see me for a one to one nutrition session

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Vegan Merry Christmas!

Vegan Merry Christmas!

img_4983Have you got a vegan coming for a Christmas lunch, is there only one vegan in your family or are you vegan yourself and want to cook something different?

Bored of the same nutroast or plate of soggy overcooked vegetables?

Tired of having to bring your own dinner when visiting relatives?

Worried that you will inadvertently feed your vegan guest an ingredient they don’t eat?

Then I might have the answer! On Saturday 2nd (and possibly 9th) I will be running a vegan festive cookery class in West Bridgford, Nottingham.


Put Saturday 2nd December in your diary! 

Come along to my professional 5* rated kitchen in West Bridgford where you will make a 3 course festive lunch to take home with you.  The class runs from 10 am – 1.30pm.

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The ingredients, equipment, recipes and refreshments will all be provided, all you need to do is bring containers to take your dishes home. And all that for £75.

SoupPeople are asking what they might be cooking. I’m hoping to make either a celeriac and chestnut soup or a mushroom bruschetta . A leek and chestnut terrine or a mushroom wellington and a chocolate chia pudding and chocolate and date truffles


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The menu may change slightly if guests have any food issues like nuts, gluten or soya



west bridgford wiremy cookery class has also featured in the wonderful west bridgford wire 

I accept a maximum four guests.


To book your place on 2nd December (and possibly 9th if its over subscribed), just contact me

Susan Hart on 07946 301338  or email me at



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Cookery classes for students

Cookery classes for students

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website

Do you want your children to be able to cook for themselves when they go off to university?

Are you a student about to leave home and have to prepare your own meals, budget and shop for food?

Some time ago research found that over 30% of students didn’t know how to boil an egg or cook a jacket potato.  And the truth is they my be in more regular contact with the local pizza delivery service that they are with their parents

Many students also admit to skipping a meal or two in a day.  This can play havoc with your weight because your body doesn’t know when it is next receiving food and will therefore store what it gets as fat.  Combine that will copious amount of cheap alcohol, ready meals and lots of sitting and a healthy lifestyle goes out of the window.

Poor or limited food choices and a high reliance on takeaways and sugary foods are not what the brain needs to keep it functioning and firing on all cylinders.

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So my West Bridgford cookery classes (lasting 1hr 15mins) could be just what you are looking for!

You will learn to cook some basic dishes using everyday, inexpensive ingredients like veggie tacos, sweet potato falafel’s, Thai green curry, lasagne to name but a few




Click on a short virtual tour of my kitchen

The cost is £25 per lesson or 3 for £60.  I take up to a maximum of four students per class, so everyone gets time and attention
All ingredients, recipes and equipment are included

The classes take place every Thursday at 2pm, starting 3rd August; so just pick a date or series of dates (they don’t have to be consecutive) and contact me to book a place

Susan: 07946 301338,