Another way to be a bad parent

Dot writes: oh great: turns out we shouldn’t be letting Hugh eat ham or salami, because it puts him at risk of bowel cancer. Unfortunately, Hugh loves ham and salami in all varieties – he will go to the fridge and take out slices of chorizo to snack on. (Yes, we need a fridge lock. In fact I bought one in Mothercare but it doesn’t fit our fridge.) And since he is rather a picky eater at the moment we’ve been gratefully encouraging the trend, as otherwise he would be living exclusively on blueberries and dairy products and getting no iron at all. (Vegetables can be smuggled in as pasta sauce, if properly blended.)

Couldn’t these wretched people just go away and research something harmless, like the benefits to early social networking incurred through intensive watching of Bob the Builder and Peppa Pig? We poor parents don’t need any more reasons to feel guilty…

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4 thoughts on “Another way to be a bad parent

  1. Belle Inconnue

    but the other week there was a study out showing that being a vegetarian is linked with higher bowel cancer! I totally ignore all these health stories – I’m sure the way they’re reported in the media makes a nuanced piece of scientific research into something silly and scaremongering. there are so many factors to health that i don’t think it’s possible to isolate risk factors like this. after all the main reason why more people get cancer is because we’re not dying of something else first!

  2. kenanddot

    Not everybody with a bowel gets bowel cancer, but presumably you mean that it can happen to anyone? Certainly these health-scare stories always seem very one-dimensional: they investigate the correlation between two carefully isolated features – here eating processed meats and having bowel cancer in later life – without apparently looking at any of the other factors (e.g. the advantages of getting your toddler to snack on something protein- and iron-rich rather than largely based on refined sugar). (Have people who ate a lot of ham tended to be people who used processed meat as a substitute for more expensive cuts – that is, poor people who ate a generally poor diet, had stressful lives, and were prone to ill-health as a result?)

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