Telegraph (UK) 14 December 2008
A ban on divorce is what most children would introduce if they ruled the world, according to an annual poll of 1600 children. Marital splits were also named the second-worst thing in the world in the survey of under-10s, behind being fat… Asked what rules they would make if they were king or queen of the world, most children replied they would ban divorce – the first time it has come at the top of the list. Bullying would also be banned and has risen to the number two slot from number three last year and number five the year before.
Over 80 per cent of the children questioned thought they would probably marry when they grow up although 17 per cent gave a definite “no” on the subject. Sixty six per cent wanted to have children, with most of them stopping at one or two. Nearly one third were unsure about becoming parents.
..Being fat topped the list of worst things in the world, rising from number three last year. It was number nine in 2006, but was not featured in the 2005 list. The nationwide research was carried out by Luton First, sponsors and organisers of the fourth annual National Kids’ Day.