Japanese kids have a healthy respect for their food. That is to say, children are taught from a young age where their food comes from, how it is produced and what goes into its preparation. Table manners and farm visits are part of the curriculum. Food becomes an enjoyable social activity with deeper cultural implications.
This displaces the concept of food as a hedonistic indulgence that one has to painfully abstain from in order to reach a certain body ideal. Our love-hate relationship with food as opposed to the Japanese’s holistic understanding of food as it functions in society is a key reason for obesity and unhealthy eating habits.
Inculcate a healthy attitude towards food by consciously explaining to your child how it gets to the table, or perhaps bring him on a visit to one of our agro-farms at Kranji.