Show what it takes to burn calories

I support the Government's declaration of war on diabetes, as Singapore has a very high obesity and diabetic rate ("MOH to wage war on diabetes"; last Thursday).

Many of my schoolmates love sugary drinks.

Even though most drinks sold in my school have the Healthier Choice label, they are still bad when consumed excessively. Some food items in the canteen have high sugar content too.

I suggest that schools put up charts to show the amount of exercise needed to burn the number of calories from a typical food serving.

For example, a plate of chicken rice has more than 600 calories, which require about an hour of exercise to burn off.

By knowing the relationship between the number of calories eaten and the exercise needed to burn them off, children will be able to make better choices.

Chavez Chen Deyuan, 10,

Primary 4 pupil

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2016, with the headline 'Show what it takes to burn calories'. Print Edition | Subscribe