Back to School – Growth Mindset & childhood obesity

September 04, 2018

“Growth mindset” is a term used by many top businesspeople and life coaches to describe an attitude to life of aiming to constantly better your; business, life or health each day. Matthew Syed, the author of ‘Black Box Thinking’ and famed journalist, has pioneered and expanded the meaning of the phrase and believes it is crucial to all facets of life, while Richard Branson states the phrase “explained his world” and explained how he aimed to run his businesses.

 

Furthermore ‘growth mindset’ has been used by the famed Team Sky and Sir David Brailsford – who translated the concept to the ‘aggregation of marginal gains’. Relating this to schools – growth mindset is and should be the foundation for education, in that constant gradual improvement will add up to a huge gain over time. If each day a pupil studies harder, or is taught more efficiently, or pastorally supported more each day they are more likely to improve academically and as a person.

 

Specifically linking this to nutrition and obesity - Childhood obesity is on the rise in the UK with severe obesity categorization increased 25% from the ages of 6 to 11. When a child consistently eats badly each day, in part due to a lack of healthier options, then their health can decline, and risk of obesity will increase. This negative view has become prevalent when discussing childhood obesity – focussing on what children are eating. At Healthy Nibbles, we see a growth mindset as the way to deal with the nutritional aspect of the school day. Focussing on what children are not eating (adequate protein, vitamins, and healthy fats) and ensuring these options are available will have a positive effect on children both inside and outside the classroom. If a child eats better each day, making marginal gains in their diet over time the child’s risk of obesity will drop and they will be far healthier in the long term.

 

Furthermore, enabling children to eat healthily will not only have benefits for them but also for teachers and staff. Research has shown that eating healthily and particularly reducing the intake of sugar will lead to higher levels of concentration and more importantly - improved mental health, fewer energy spikes, and fewer hunger cravings. At Healthy Nibbles we believe in at the very least providing a healthier choice for people to have – and arguably this is even more relevant to children. We offer; healthy vending, white label and snack boxes to suit offices, school, gyms and a range of other businesses and facilities – if you would like to hear more about any of our offerings please get in touch with: sara@healthynibbles.co.uk





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