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14 September, 2004

Citizenship not to blame for obesity

In a recent article for the Independent, Janet Street-Porter suggested that to solve obesity Citizenship should be dropped from the National Curriculum in favour of Cookery.

The following response from Dan Mace, Deputy Chairman of the Citiznehip Foundation, appeared in the paper yesterday.

Janet Street-Porter suggests that compulsory cookery should replace citizenship classes in schools to solve obesity (Independent, 9 September: When will parents start to grow up?).

Being able to cook, important though it is, shouldn't be pitted in this way against playing a part in democratic society.

Citizenship education encourages young people to evaluate information critically, make informed choices and take personal responsibility for their actions whether choosing how to vote or follow a recipe.

Responsible citizenship and responsible cookery are both key ingredients in tackling obesity.

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