The Kerala High Court has asked parents to deter from ordering food from restaurants via online delivery platforms Swiggy and Zomato, and instead let their children taste the delicious food cooked by their mothers.
The order was passed by Justice PV Kunhikrishnan on September 12, 2023, while hearing a case concerning access to pornography via few clicks of a hand-held mobile phone.
The judge observed that the increasing trend of ordering food from Swiggy and Zomato is having a negative impact on the health and well-being of children. He said that home-cooked meals are always healthier and more nutritious than restaurant food, and that they also help to foster a sense of bonding between children and their mothers.
Justice Kunhikrishnan also advised parents to persuade their children to play outdoors and get some exercise, instead of spending all their time on their mobile phones. He said that physical activity is essential for children’s physical and mental development.
The court’s order has been welcomed by many parents, who say that they are already trying to reduce their reliance on Swiggy and Zomato. However, some parents have expressed concerns about the cost of home-cooked meals, especially in urban areas.
The court has said that it is up to parents to decide how to balance the cost of home-cooked meals with the health benefits. However, the judge has urged parents to make an effort to cook food for their children at home, as it is the best way to ensure that they are getting the nutrients they need.
The court’s order is a timely reminder of the importance of home-cooked meals for children. It is also a call for parents to take more responsibility for their children’s health and well-being.