Faculty of Public Health Outgoing President Professor John Ashton said the government should support programs that educate parents on being parents.
He said teaching British parents to raise children and families could minimise the risk of families growing fears including anxiety, anorexia and obesity.
Mr Ashton said today’s children are neglected by schools and bad parents. He said the government needs to do something to stop it.
According to research, Mr Ashton said about one in 10 children have a mental health problem and most of it comes from his or her poor relationship with parents. He said the government must step in or give initiative to prevent irreparable damage.
He said: “We’ve done remarkably well in terms of producing live, healthy babies over the last 60, 70 years, but, by the time children are leaving school, between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of them are in trouble emotionally or mentally, and (suffer from) things like obesity, eating disorders, anxiety and stress.
“So having produced healthy babies we then set about neglecting them. I can’t imagine a sensible farmer doing this with livestock.”
Mr Ashton also warned that parents should openly discuss sex and sexual relations to their children as online pornography can affect a child’s mental health and thinking upon exposure.
“By answering children’s questions while they’re small and by not treating sex as taboo, you build blocks for mature conversations later on,” said Mr Ashton.
British Prime Minister David Cameron had himself declared that parenting classes should be mandatory for parents to raise their children. He said that every family needs help in improving their behaviour and discipline.