A quick head up for the next episode of the BBC's Panorama titled 'Spoilt Rotten':
- Preventable diseases in children are reaching epidemic proportions that could see a generation dying before their parents, doctors at a leading children's hospital have warned.
In particular it is noted that tooth decay and obesity are reaching epidemic proportions. Anyone care to join the dots on these two issues in a Western.A.Price stylee? The link above really does make frightening reading:
- More than half of the 1,000 dental operations carried out each year are on children under the age of six.
Dental surgeon Sharon Lee said she sees a constant stream of toddlers: "It obviously upsets me immensely but we do have a job to do to look after the child."
Five-year-old Kaitlyn was one of them.
Tooth decay meant that she needed to have eight molars removed - almost half her teeth.
Because of her size and her age, Kaitlyn needed a general anaesthetic and required hospitalisation.
"It could have been sweet drinks, sweets, biscuits, anything. Just too much sugar in the diet," said dental surgeon Dr Rod Llewelyn of her rotting teeth.
He said having the teeth out so early will have an impact on how her permanent teeth grow in and is likely to result in more extractions to relieve crowding.
Her mother, Sharon, said the culprits were her daughter's love of sweets and tomato sauce. The little girl was at one point eating half a mug of tomato sauce a day.
But after the traumatic experience of seeing her daughter undergo the extractions, Sharon vowed to ban the ketchup entirely and cut back on the sweets served to her three children.
"It was sickening. I wouldn't expect any other parent to go through that. Under anaesthetic, anything can go wrong can't it? The lifestyles are going to change after this. Fizzy drinks are stopping. The lot."
Hmmm, stable doors and (bolted) horses anyone? The program is schedule to show on BBC One, Tuesday, 13 April at 2100BST. It should be available on the iPlayer for those outside of the UK.
BBC4 on Friday should provide a nice antidote with a program dedicated to the songs of Nick Drake (Way to Blue). A truly fantastic artist whose lugubrious vocals, rich, 'oaky' guitar style and deeply complex lyrics and character have left an incredibly moving, emotion-charged back catalogue.