From their own website:
If you do decide to take part in a 'no-food' challenge please follow our age guidelines:
- 14+ years: don't go more than 40 hours without food (8pm Fri –12noon Sun);
- 11-13 years: don't go no more than 20 hours without food (8pm Fri – 4pm Sat);
- 8-10 years: don't go more than 20 hours without food (6pm Fri – 2pm Sat).
- If you're under 8-years-old, unwell or have any health or dietary concerns, you mustn't do the no-food 40 Hour Famine – choose another challenge instead.
If anything were to happen to your daughter because of the famine, and you knew beforehand and during that she was ill you'd have absolutely NO recourse against them.
I'm sorry, but I HATE the 40hr famine. There's enough pressure on young people (girls especially) to be thin by not eating. A famine only promotes that behaviour as a good thing in my opinion and that is not the vibe we should be sending to our kids.
I am far more for things like sponsored fun runs where the kids still get to eat as much as they need and promotes healthy activity. They still can send the money to World Vision if they want to.
But I think in a country where the problem is obesity rather than starvation we should be promoting healthy eating, not unhealthy eating even if it's for the benefit of others.
The fact that kids want to help others is extremely admirable and we should definitely foster that. But there are healthier ways of doing it.
I don't personally think it promotes eating disorders. What actually bugs me these days is that most fundraisers give the children raising money a reward too. Like jumprope for heart, the kids get so many prizes!! What ever happened to helping someone else without needing something in return? I think it's crazy. Thats my rant, lol!
Last edited by Ffrenchknickers; 17-08-2012 at 08:04.
I'd stop her. Honestly, yes it's supposed to show kids a little bit of appreciation for what we have here as opposed to third world countries...BUT there's a duty of care, if she's unwell or not coping with the full 40 hours get her to stop and pump her with vitamins and electrolyte drinks. She can start again if she wants to, minus the hours she's already done. When I was 12ish and did it the school only allowed 12 or 24hr famines.
How is she going op?
I think the 40 hr famine is great. I did it from yr 6 (I was 11) and every yr after that until I was 17.
I don't think it promotes being skinny or not eating. It promotes caring about people and developing an understanding of what it is like to be hungry.
It only goes for 40 hrs and you are allowed plenty of liquid and barley sugar.
I also did the winter sleepout at a young age and slept out in the rain with only a tarp and sleeping bag so I don't really see why we should cushion kids from the reality of what some people's life is like.
I'm glad your daughter is ok OP and even if she had of stopped because she was sick it is still a great effort and commendable that she took part in it
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