World Salt Awareness Week will be recognized March 16-22, 2015. The theme focuses on The Importance of a Healthy Start for Children. Like adults, children consume more salt than the maximum recommendation. Simple measures need to be taken to help reduce salt intake and therefore reduce the number of people suffering from cardiovascular disease.
Children are considered a vulnerable group in society often with little influence on or involvement in what they eat. Evidence suggests that dietary habits in childhood and adolescence also influence eating patterns in later life. Liking salt and salty foods is a learned taste preference and so it is vital that children do not develop a taste for salt in the first place. Further to this, a high salt intake in children can influence blood pressure and may predispose a child to the development of a number of diseases including: high blood pressure, osteoporosis, respiratory illnesses such as asthma, stomach cancer and obesity.
BARP is therefore encouraging parents and grandparents to recognize that a healthy start for children is vital to their growth and development. We also encourage the food industry to act more responsibly by reducing the amount of salt they add to children's food and to stop advertising high salt food to children.
Please visit the World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) website for more information. http://www.worldactiononsalt.com/index.html.