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Anti Social behaviour – food for thought

Comment 31st July 2010

I welcome the decision to re-think ASBOs and find better ways to tackle anti social behaviour.

Research has shown conclusively that mal-nutrition leads to aggressive behaviour and lack of self control, yet, although the statistics are amazing, apparently no-one in authority has taken this research on board.

An article in The Guardian in 2006 goes into this in depth.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2006/oct/17/prisonsandprobation.ukcrime

Since the results of this research were so startling and so significant, a good starting point in tackling bad behaviour would be to make sure children eat proper food.  The cold water poured on Jamie Oliver's efforts by the new government was disappointing and frankly surprising.  Common sense tells us children need nourishment, and many are living on complete junk.  As a result their brains are starved and dysfunctional.  Go into any problem school and ask a child what they eat and you will be shocked. Maybe instead of an ASBO they should be ordered to report for supplements daily!  ASBOs have become almost fashionable – something to boast about.  How about if they were boasting that they were having to take fish oil capsules and multi vitamins. 

With some help, local communities could start their own schemes to get parents together to learn how and what to feed their children,  talk to the young people about their aggression and try to get them on board a great nutritional experiment.  Something along the lines of what Jamie Oliver started to do. The fact that adults would begin communicating with young people would bring positive side effects.  If a community managed to clear up its anti social behaviour problem it would be worth any effort and expense they have to put in.  And the authorities should be willing to contribute at least to the cost of supplements since they will save the cost of dealing with so much crime.  Companies who sell these supplements might even sponsor such a project in return for the publicity it would generate, especially if project is a big success and well reported.

 

 

Why does this matter?

We could cut anti social behaviour by 40% with little cost, for a start. 

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