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June 18, 2017

On fat shaming. Where a 15 year olds’ poetry packs some serious power.

It’s rather ridiculous isn’t it, that we as adults and parents pose as bearers of truths that we think children are yet to learn?  But think about it.  A child is innately joyful, playful and spontaneous until we get involved!  They don’t need telling how to be curious or even humane.  They know that feeling connected to each other is the top and bottom of life itself which is why they cry when they need picking up; that’s why they yell when they think something is unjust. They are naturals at real life. We are often the ones lost in the fuzz and fog of our fear- laced experience. Umbilika is a firm believer that adults are not here to teach children […]
March 9, 2017

Childhood Obesity. They just don’t get it!

No one is denying that obesity is growing problem in the First World, not just amongst children but for adults too. However, the perspective that mainstream science, allopathic medicine and governments take, is seriously lacking in approach, knowledge and long term efficacy. Why? 1. It doesn’t take into account the non-physical, multi-layered reasons for obesity and indeed all health issues. 2.This current move of the NSW government is tantamount to naming and shaming both parent and child.  The attitude taken is hardly protective, in fact, it’s the opposite. 3.It is discriminatory, divisive, and dismissive. 4.It breaches boundaries of the child, the parent and the teacher.  Teachers are not police or social workers, they are trained to educate.   The last thing an overweight […]